Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Holds Promotions Ceremony

PITTSBURGH, PA (May 27, 2021)—Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire held a promotions ceremony in Council Chambers of the City-County Building this afternoon.

Michael Fuerst was promoted to Battalion Chief.

Three firefighters, Gregory Niedermeyer, James McCarthy, and Michael Fontana were promoted to the rank of Captain.

Joseph Welsh, Benjamin Sovyak, Michael Cowan, William Frizzi, and Richard Franc, were pinned the newest Lieutenants in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire.

“They know what is expected, they know the task that is ahead of them, and the responsibility they carry,” said Fire Chief Darryl Jones. “I have no doubt they are going to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities.”

“They serve with integrity and selfless desire to protect others and aid our community we all love,” added Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich. “Your bravery and strength are examples we should all strive to follow.”

Mayor William Peduto addressed the firefighters before administering the Oath of Office.

“In these special moments we get to promote those within the ranks to take on more responsibility,” Mayor Peduto said. “Not just for them, but those they work with, and that’s what we are celebrating today.”

Congratulations to new Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Battalion Chief, Captains, and Lieutenants!




Maurice Matthews
Assistant Public Information Officer
Public Safety