PIQUA – A familiar face is now, officially, at the helm of the Piqua Fire Department.
The city announced that Piqua native Brent Pohlschneider, after being certified through competitive examination, is chief of the Piqua Fire Department.
Pohlschneider had been serving as acting chief since former-chief Mike Rindler’s retirement in May. On October 7, test scores were validated and City Manager Gary Huff, made the position official later that afternoon.
“It’s a wonderful feeling,” said Pohlschneider, when asked how he felt to now be chief of the department that he has served for more than two decades, “I think it is an honor and a privilege to be appointed chief of the Piqua Fire Department.”
“I am a life-long resident of the City of Piqua,” the new chief went on, “and so, as a youngster growing up I remember seeing the fire department going out on emergency calls.
Pohlschneider was appointed as a firefighter in 1992 under the late Chief Greg Fashner. “I always looked on Chief Fashner as someone who was very professional, very caring, very understanding of his staff,” said Pohlschneider, “and also of citizen’s expectations of the fire department. I took a lot of the ideas and processes that Greg Fashner had. He has been kind of a figure of respect and inspiration.”
“I am very excited with the staffing that we have here currently. I find that we have a wonderful opportunity, we have half of our members have been three years or less now, so with that I look forward to bringing them along, showing them the different aspects of the job, whether it’s through the fire, EMS, or specialty rescues that we have. I would like to continue with that education and knowledge base with them. I also look forward to being a strong PR person. I want them (the community) to know that those needs we portrayed in the levy campaign are being met and that we are very thankful for the citizen’s support.”
Pohlschneider’s parents, Gene and Marge, still reside in Piqua. His mother is a Registered Nurse who the chief credits for being “some of the inspiration for getting into this line (of work).” He has been married to his wife, Barb, since 1997. The couple have two sons, Ethan, a freshman at Piqua High School and Jack, who is out of school and resides in California.
The chief credits his close-knit family for their support in making a career in a very demanding profession work well.
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