Strasburg Fire Department Restructuring Committee has new member

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Fire Department Restructuring Committee has a new member after Austin Cucciardo resigned from his role on the committee and as assistant fire chief.

In the past two months, three members of the department — Cucciardo, Tim Mawyer and Tyler Mason — have resigned from their positions as operations officers. However, Milton Painter, the interim president of the department and a member of the restructuring committee, said that “all three are still active members of the Fire Department.”

During a meeting of the Restructuring Committee on Monday, Painter said that the department elected Chris Ritenour to replace Cucciardo as a member of the Restructuring Committee.

Ritenour is serving in one of two committee positions chosen by the Fire Department membership. Because the department has full say over the committee assignment, Pearson said that the Restructuring Committee would not be holding a vote over his appointment.

Painter said that the department decided not to select an assistant chief until its annual elections in December.

Meanwhile, the department has selected Brandon Dodson to serve as captain of operations and Trae Walker to serve as equipment lieutenant after the resignations of Mawyer and Mason.

Whether or not the Restructuring Committee will have to vote to approve the appointments is unclear. Pearson said that he would need to discuss that with the committee members.

While three operations officers with the department have resigned from their leadership roles in the past two months, Painter added that several people have recently joined the department.

“We’ve probably had six or seven people either join or rejoin” the department, Painter said. “At the same time, we’ve had a few people resign.”

The committee meeting as a whole centered around reports from department members. Painter said during the meeting that the department had increased the number of training sessions it has held.