Boardman Township trustees announced their selection for fire chief at the July 3 meeting. Firefighter Mark Pitzer will immediately step up to interim chief and will be sworn in officially on July 28 as the new fire chief replacing retiring Chief George Brown.
Pitzer has been involved in the fire service since he graduated from Canfield high School in 1999. He started in July of that year with the Cardinal Joint Fire District as a part-time firefighter. In 2002, he worked full time in Canfield and then the following year was hired full time for Boardman.
In 2008, the department made some cutbacks, and Pitzer and one other firefighter were laid off.
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Boardman Township trustees announced that Mark Pitzer will be taking the position of Boardman Fire Chief and will be sworn in July 28.
''I took a position of supervisor with Lanes Ambulance and stayed in that role for two years,'' Pitzer said.
He moved from Lanes to the Fairfax, Va., fire department and got a good taste of what a huge department was like. He said Fairfax operated 38 fire stations and was known as one of the most progressive departments in the country.
In 2011, Pitzer returned to Boardman after a federal ''safer'' grant was received by the department to keep more firemen on staff. After his return, he was involved in the purchase of Boardman's new ladder truck and handled a lot of education for department personnel.
With a life of devotion to the fire service, Pitzer jumped at the opportunity to move up the ladder.
''I am honored to be considered for this position,'' he said. ''It is an honor to be working with such a great group of guys.''
Pitzer will immediately assume the position of interim chief over the next couple of weeks. He will work side-by-side with Chief Brown to get accustomed to the new position. He will officially be sworn in as chief at 5:30 p.m. July 28.
Pitzer is presently completing his bachelor's degree in fire administration with Columbia Southern University.