By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer
Forward Township has consolidated
leadership of its fire departments under a single chief.
Chief Tony Piscitelli announced he was on duty as head of the
municipality’s three volunteer fire departments at a regular
township supervisors meeting Thursday.
Piscitelli was appointed to the position, effective May 1, at a meeting
two months ago.
Supervisors asked township fire chiefs
to submit lists of qualified firefighters to be considered for the
position back in February in an effort to resolve disputes between the
departments that had arisen over the years about who was in command at
various emergency scenes.
Piscitelli, who was assistant chief of Gallatin Sunnyside Volunteer Fire
Department, said he was naming as his assistant chiefs the men who
previously were serving as chiefs of the departments. Consequently, the
new assistant chiefs are Steve Pierce of Forward
Township VFD, Chief John Hess of Gallatin Sunnyside VFD and Chief Walter
Albright of Bunola VFD.
Piscitelli said the decision was an easy one.
“They know their areas,” he said.
Piscitelli will serve as chief on all fire scenes under the new
leadership arrangement. In the event he’s unavailable at a fire scene,
one of the assistant chiefs will be in charge. If none of them are on
the scene, command of the emergency will fall to the next highest
In other news, board of supervisors president Tom DeRosa announced that
Bunola Post Office is planning to celebrate its 123rd anniversary May 26
and that all mail posted at the facility on that date will receive a
special anniversary cancellation mark.
Supervisor Tom Headley noted that three bridges along Pangburn Hollow
Road are listed on Allegheny County Department of Public Works’
“awaiting construction” list, but he said he isn’t sure when, or even
if, those projects will get started.
“They were supposed to do it several years ago,” noted Headley, who said
he’s contacted the county about a timetable for the work and has not yet
received a response.
Headley added that if the bridge work does get under way, necessitating
closure of the roadway, Sadler Hollow Road would be the designated