The Mt. Lebanon Fire Department’s Management Team consists of a chief fire officer and six deputy chiefs. This team of individuals has the day-to-day responsibility of overseeing all aspects of Departmental services and activities. The chief officers manage six functional areas: Administration, Operations & Emergency Management, Training, Resource Management, Community Outreach & Special Operations, and Fire Prevention & Life Safety Education.
Nicholas Sohyda is Mt. Lebanon’s Fire Chief. The fire chief, appointed by the Manager and accountable to the elected officials, is responsible for developing the organization’s vision and implementing appropriate management processes to accomplish the goals of the Department’s strategic plan and Standards of Coverage documents. Chief Sohyda joined the Department in 1999 and was promoted to fire chief in 2006. The chief holds a B.S. in Fire Administration from Empire State College. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, is certified as a Fire Officer IV, and has received his Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Commission of Professional Credentialing.
Glenn Wallace is the Department’s Administrative Deputy. Deputy Chief Wallace is responsible for scheduling, payroll, billing, preparing monthly reports, and administration of the Department’s reporting software. Glenn joined the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department in 1990 and was promoted to Deputy Chief in 1998. Prior to joining Mt. Lebanon, Glenn served as a volunteer with the Broughton Vol. Fire Co. in South Park Township. Deputy Chief Wallace holds an A.S. in Fire Science from the Community College of Allegheny County and is certified as a Fire Officer I and a Fire Inspector II.
Chris Buttlar is in charge of Operations & Emergency Management. Deputy Chief Buttlar is responsible for implementing and updating standard operating guidelines, reviewing deployment and operational procedures, the Municipal Emergency Operations Plan and Emergency Operations Center, and the Community Emergency Response Team. Chris joined the Department in 1991 and was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2000. Deputy Chief Buttlar holds and A.S. in Fire Science from the Community College of Allegheny County and is certified as a Fire Officer II.
Kevin Maehling is the Department’s Training Officer. Deputy Chief Maehling is responsible for the management, coordination, and delivery of training for the Department’s recruit, volunteer, and career firefighters. Kevin joined the Department as a volunteer in 1984, became a career fire officer in 1990, and was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2000. Deputy Chief Maehling holds an A.S. in Fire Science from the Community College of Allegheny County and is certified as a Fire Officer III and a Fire Instructor II.
Rodger Ricciuti manages the Community Outreach and Special Operations Division. Deputy Chief Ricciuti is responsible for community outreach programs such as the smoke detector program, fireplace inspections, and senior safety program. In addition, Rodger oversees technical rescue, EMS, and Hazardous Materials training and compliance. Rodger joined the Department as a volunteer in 1982, became a career fire officer in 1989, and was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2005. Deputy Chief Ricciuti holds a A.S. in Fire Science from the Community College of Allegheny County, is certified as a Fire Officer II, and is a member of PA Urban Search & Rescue Strike Team 1 and is a squad leader with the SHACOG Technical Rescue Team.
Joe Thuransky is in charge of Resource Management. Deputy Chief Thuransky is responsible for the maintenance, repair, and inventory of all equipment, including personal protective, small equipment, and apparatus.. Joe joined the Department as a volunteer in 1990, spent five years as a career firefighter in Arlington, Virginia, rejoined the Department as a career fire officer in 1999 and was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2007. Deputy Chief Thuransky holds an A.S. in Fire Science from the Community College of Allegheny County and is certified as a Fire Officer II and a Fire Inspector II.
The Volunteer Board of Directors includes John Lufburrow (President), Kris Siegert (Vice-President), Frank Duranti (Secretary), Chris Brown (Treasurer), Bob Fischer (Director), Mike Stohner (Director), Mike Elphinstone (Director), and Mark Weitzman (Director). The Volunteer Board is responsible for the volunteer budget, recruitment and retention programs, volunteer incentives, and the volunteer constitution and by-laws. The volunteer board works closely with the fire chief to advance the department’s goals and objectives.