Operational Officers

Fire Chief – Vince Zirpoli

Vince joined the fire service in 1987 and was a member of Warminster Fire Department for 10 years. Since joining F.D.M.T. in 2005, Vince has held the ranks of Lieutenant and Captain. He holds numerous certifications in the Fire Service including Fire Fighter 1, VRT, and Ship Board Fire Fighting. Vince served his county as a member of the US Navy for 11 years and in his spare time enjoys spending time with his family and playing ice hockey.

Deputy Chief – Bill Wiegman

Bill began his fire service career in 1996 as a member of Lower Southampton Fire Department Station 6 in Bucks County achieving the rank of Captain & Training Officer. He joined F.D.M.T. in August of 2007, and has served as Fire Chief, Battalion Chief, and Training Officer. Bill has acquired numerous certifications including; Fire Fighter 1 & 2, Fire Officer I-IV, Fire Inspector 1 & 2, Plans Examiner 1 & 2, Fire Investigator, Life Safety Educator 1 & 2, Fire Service Instructor 1 & 2, Incident Safety Officer, Health and Safety Officer, HAZMAT Technician, Vehicle and Special Vehicle Rescue Technician, Diver Rescue 1, and Swift Water Technician. He is a 2004 graduate of La Salle University with a Bachelor’s Degree is Psychology, and graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2006 with a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology. Bill is a Mental Health Expert on the PA Juvenile Fire Setter Advisory Board, and the Bucks County Fire PAC (Professionals Aiding Children). He also is an Instructor at for the PA State Fire Academy and the Bucks County Public Training Center. In his free time Bill enjoys spending time with his wife Amanda and their two children, and his hobbies include ice hockey, golf, reading, and traveling.

Assistant Chief – Vinay Setty

Vinay joined the fire service in 1998. Prior to joining FDMT in 2005, he ran with Colmar Fire Company and Wissahickon Fire Company. Vinay has completed multiple firefighting certifications ranging from Firefighter 1 & 2, Fire Instructor 1 & 2, Fire Officer 1, Special Vehicle Rescue Technician, and Vehicle Technical Rescuer Levels 1 & 2. At FDMT, Vinay is in charge of the Membership Committee and has held various administrative and line officer positions. Vinay completed his Masters of Business Administration in 2016 and currently works at the Bucks County Community College, Public Safety Training Center as Assistant Director of Certification & Curriculum. In his free time, Vinay enjoys spending time with family and friends and always looks forward to travelling the world.

Battalion Chief – Keith Miller

Keith began his fire service career in 2002 as a firefighter in Cheltenham Township and as a chief officer there for over 10 years eventually holding the position of Chief of the Elkins Park Fire Company for 6 years at which point he joined F.D.M.T. In January 2017 after purchasing a home in the township with his wife, Melissa.

Keith holds many national certifications including; Fire Fighter II, Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor 2, Public Fire and Life Safety Educator 2, Vehicle and Special Vehicle Rescue Technician, Vehicle Technical Rescuer 2, Confined Space Rescue Technician 2, Fire Inspector 3, Plans Examiner and Fire Investigator, he has also been an EMT since 2001 and holds numerous certifications and training in that field as well.

He is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy’s Managing Officer Program and pursuing a bachelors in Public Safety Administration having previous obtained an associates degree in Justice. Keith currently works as a career firefighter for a neighboring municipality holding the rank of Battalion Chief. In his free time Keith enjoys spending time with his wife and two dachshunds, Frankfurter and Coco.

Captain 18-1 – Paul Mogensen

Paul joined the fire service in 2001 as a Junior Explorer Firefighter with the Colmar Volunteer Fire Company. Paul then became a Charter Member of F.D.M.T. when it started in 2002. Paul has completed both basic and advanced firefighting courses ranging from Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, BVR-Tech, RIT, Rope and Trench. Paul is a member of the membership committee. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Captain 18-2 – Jon Washington

Jon joined the fire service in 2001 was a member of North Penn Volunteer Fire Co for 11 years. Prior to rejoining F.D.M.T. in 2016 Jon was and still is a member of Harleysville Community Fire Company. Jon  has completed various trainings which include Firefighter 1 & 2, Fire Officer 1, Haz Mat Ops, VRT, SVR Tech, Fire Instructor 1, and many more. He also serves under Fire Prevention, Trustee, and is on varies committees. Jon is currently transferring schools to complete his Bachelor’s in Emergency Management. Jon enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and godson. Hobbies include music, sporting events, and comedy shows.

 

Lieutenant 18 – Mary Newell

Mary joined the fire service at FDMT as a junior in 2010. She completed various training such as FF 1 and FF 2 as well as hazmat ops, RIT, Fire Instructor 1 and many more. Mary graduated from Philadelphia University in 2016 with a B.S in Health Sciences. Mary played basketball at Philadelphia University for four years. On her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports, music, movies and going to sporting events.

Chief Engineer – Vacant

Assistant Engineers:
Mike Bean
John Mogensen
Dave Bennett (EOW 9/30/2018)
Steve Splendido
A.J. DeAngelis

Director of Fire Services – Rick Lesniak

Rick started his fire service career with the Oreland Fire Company where he is currently the Assistant Chief. Previously, Rick worked as the Director of Fire, Inspections, and Emergency Services/Emergency Management Coordinator in Warrington Township, Fire Marshal/Code Enforcement Officer/Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator at Springfield Township and a career as a full-time firefighter/EMT with the Bryn Athyn, Horsham, and Centre Square Fire Companies. Rick is also a member of the Montgomery County Incident Support Team.

Rick is a graduate of Montgomery County Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science, Saint Joseph’s University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Management, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Public Safety. Rick also has graduated from the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

Captain 18 – Frank Colelli

Frank started in the Fire Service in 1994 with the Fairmount Engine Co. #2 in Norristown, holding the positions of Lieutenant and Rescue Captain. Frank came to Montgomery Township in 2002 and also serves as Assistant Fire Marshal. He holds certifications in Firefighter I & II, Fire Inspector I ,II Fire Officer I, II Fire Instructor I, II. EMT, Vehicle Rescue Technician and several others. Outside of Montgomery Township Frank serves with the Upper Providence Fire Marshals Office as an Assistant Fire Marshal, and as a member of the Fire and Emergency Services Board. Frank is also an Instructor with the Montgomery County Fire Academy and PA State Fire Academy.

Captain 18 – John Scheiter

John started his fire service career at the age of 16 as a junior firefighter with the Upper Gwynedd Township Fire Department where he still remains active as a volunteer currently holding the position of Fire Chief. In past years he has held the positions of Asst. Chief, Captain, and Lieutenant in the Colmar Fire Department and spent time as a firefighter for the Red Hill Fire Department in the early 90’s. He also holds numerous fire certifications in FF 1 & 2 Fire Inspector 1 & 2 Fire Investigator, Fire Officer 1 & 2, VRT, Rescue Core, several advanced rescue certifications and several additional certifications pertaining to the fire service. John currently is one of our career Captain/Asst. Fire Marshal’s who is responsible for the coordination and supervision of the part-time firefighters as well as conducting fire inspections in the township. He is also responsible for after hour responses for fire investigations in the township. In his personal time John enjoys spending time with his wife Jill and daughter Allison.

Administrative Officers

  • F.D.M.T. President – Stephen Splendido
  • Head Trustee – Jon Washington
  • F.D.M.T. Vice-President – Glen Roetman
  • Relief Association President – Paul Mogensen
  • F.D.M.T. Treasurer – Michael Shinton
  • Relief Association Vice-President – Mary Newell
  • F.D.M.T. Recording Secretary – Rachel Gibson
  • Relief Association Treasurer – Joel Silver
  • F.D.M.T. Financial Secretary – Bill Tuttle
  • Relief Association Recording Secretary – Bill Tuttle

Fire Police

Captain / FP 18-1 – Bill Adams

Bill joined the fire service in September 2005 as a Fire Police Officer. He holds various fire police certifications. Since joining F.D.M.T. Bill became a Lieutenant in the Fire Police Unit and is an active member of the fire department. Bill currently works as a property manager and handles all operational building emergencies. Before joining F.D.M.T. Bill volunteered his time at the Red Cross Disaster Relief program. During his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his family.

1st Lieutenant / FP 18-2 – Vacant

2nd Lieutenant / FP 18-3 – Bill Tuttle

Bill joined the fire service in July 2016 as a Fire Police Officer.  He holds various fire police certifications.  Since joining FDMT Bill has become a Lieutenant in the Fire Police Unit and is as active member of the fire department, currently serving as the Secretary of the FDMT Relief Association and the FDMT Financial Secretary/Chairperson of Ways & Means.  Bill works for JPMorgan Chase and Co. as a Data Assurance/Risk Analyst.  Prior to joining FDMT, Bill volunteered as a youth baseball and basketball coach.  During his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids.

  • FP 18-4 – Maryanne Mogensen
  • FP 18-5 – Greg Fitzgerald
  • FP 18-6 – Joel Silver
  • FP 18-7 – Stacy Bailey
  • FP 18-10 – Robert Gruber
  • FP 18-11- Mitchell Barrer
  • FP 18-13 – Lee Morano
  • FP 18-14 – Gary Davis

Captain / FP 18-1 – Bill Adams

Bill joined the fire service in September 2005 as a Fire Police Officer. He holds various fire police certifications. Since joining F.D.M.T. Bill became a Lieutenant in the Fire Police Unit and is an active member of the fire department. Bill currently works as a property manager and handles all operational building emergencies. Before joining F.D.M.T. Bill volunteered his time at the Red Cross Disaster Relief program. During his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his family.

1st Lieutenant / FP 18-2 – Bill Tuttle

2nd Lieutenant / FP 18-3 – Michael Goldberg

Michael joined the fire service in May 2013 as a Fire Police Officer. He holds various fire police certifications in addition to Pump 1 & 2. Since joining F.D.M.T. Michael became a Lieutenant in the Fire Police Unit and is an active member of the fire department. He served as the Secretary of the FDMT Relief Association and the FDMT Financial Secretary /chairperson of Ways & Means in 2015 – 2017. Michael works as a computer Systems and Facilities Manager responsible for various properties in the Greater Philadelphia Region. During his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, and with his dog.

  • FP 18-4 – Maryanne Mogensen
  • FP 18-10 – Robert Gruber
  • FP 18-6 – Joel Silver
  • FP 18-11- Mitchell Barrer
  • FP 18-7 – Stacy Bailey
  • FP 18-8 – Bud Rhoads

RUN STATISTICS

Month 2017 2018
January 48  67
February 30
March 47
April 43
May 50
June 57
July 61
August 38
September 48
October  47
November  45
December  51
Total 585

Mission Statement:

Special Fire Police Officers of the Fire Department of Montgomery Township will, in an emergency, or as directed by proper authority, perform crowd and traffic control and security functions. Above all, like all other fire company members, their job is to protect and preserve life and property.

The Who, What and Whys of a Fire Police Officer

Fire Police Officers must take an oath of office, be sworn in by a Judge or Justice of the Peace, and be registered with their Townships.  To accomplish all of this, they must complete and be certified in Fire Police operations by their county and / or state.

The main function of a Fire Police unit within the Fire Department is to maintain the protection and safety of department personnel and vehicles while at an emergency scene. These Fire Police Officers protect the emergency personnel and also protect their vehicles and equipment from acts of harm, theft, and malicious damage.

Fire Police will try to control the actions of a crowd, and keep them at a distance for everyone’s safety. Curious persons will be drawn to a fire or accident location no matter what time of day. They could become victims if exposed to the hazards from the incident.

Fire Police will control the flow of traffic to ensure emergency vehicles have a quick, safe entrance and egress to the incident.  They may halt traffic, block a road off or detour you in another direction, because of the situation and the dangers involved.  They must retain space for Mutual Aid equipment, Emergency Vehicles, and other vehicles that may be needed to relay water to the scene.

Fire Police protect the victims, their valuables and property and preserve evidence at a scene. The Fire Police may be required to stand by at the scene while the Fire Officials or Police conduct their investigations.

Fire Police are there to offer everyone the same treatment and respect as if it was you that were involved.  So please heed their direction ; they are there for a reason and know what they are doing.

Fire Police play an essential role in the fire service.

Our Story

Department of Fire Services

The Mission of the Montgomery Township Department of Fire Services is to serve the residents, merchants and businesses of the Township with excellence. The Department provides the Township with emergency services twenty-four hours a day, responding to all types of emergencies to provide fire suppression, fire prevention and public safety education with a “customer first ” philosophy. The Department takes pride in providing a total systems approach to serve the community along with other agencies within Township government.

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In the Beginning:

In mid-2001, Montgomery Township began the process of forming a combination fire department as part of a burgeoning nationwide trend prompted by radically declining numbers of volunteers.  In concert with a group of dedicated volunteer firefighters, Township officials solicited input from various sources throughout the emergency services community before deciding to form the new combination department.  The new department, dubbed “The Fire Department of Montgomery Township”, was born on July 22, 2002 with the passage of a formal resolution by the Montgomery Township Board of Supervisors.

The Growing Years:

Members of the newly formed F.D.M.T. began acquiring equipment and recruiting new members.  On September 11, 2002, F.D.M.T.’s charter members were formally inducted at a ceremony timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.  F.D.M.T. officially went into service at midnight on December 27, 2002 with  newly-hired Director of Fire Services Gerald Grover, 2 career firefighters, and approximately 30 volunteer firefighters led by Chief David Vasconez and Deputy Chief Dave Trigg.  On the Executive side, Bernie Heinze was named F.D.M.T.’s first President, along with Vice-President David Hoffman.  F.D.M.T. Battalion 1 was located in the old Colmar Fire Company building at Route 309 and Stump Road, while Battalion 2 in the north end of the township was located in the single-bay loading dock of the Country Furniture store at Route 202 and Montgomery Avenue.  Battalion 2 firefighters would call this structure “home” for 21 months.

The first apparatus employed by the department were an updated 1970’s-era Mack Tower Ladder purchased from the Fort Washinton Fire Company accompanied by a loaner pumper (Engine 82) provided by the Wyndmoor Fire Company.  Additionally, Montgomery Township acquired two new trucks, a 2002 E-One 95’ aerial platform and a 2002 Pierce Contender pumper.  The F.D.M.T. Fire Police officially went into service as well, utilizing a 1970’s-era Dodge van purchased from a neighboring fire department.  Two additional vehicles (Chevy Tahoes) were acquired free of charge after they were retired from service with the Montgomery Township Police Department.  After significant amounts of cleaning due to their prior life as K-9 Police vehicles, both Tahoes went into service as Chief 18’s vehicle and a duty officer’s vehicle.  Initially, much of the tools, equipment, and hose utilized by the department were on loan from numerous departments throughout the region.

F.D.M.T.’s first official fire call came on December 30, 2002 when the department was summoned to the Staple’s office supply store at the Gwynedd Crossing Shopping center for an odor of something burning.

Efforts continued towards “self-sufficiency”, and in July of 2003, F.D.M.T. acquired a 1989 Hahn pumper from the East Moriches, NY fire department on Long Island.  Additionally, F.D.M.T. volunteers acquired a Mack Heavy Rescue truck from the Kimberton Fire Company (Station 61) in Chester County, PA.

The Fire Department of Montgomery Township Volunteer Firefighter Relief Association was chartered in 2003, and received it’s first annual allocation from the State Auditor General in October of 2003.

Flash-forward to September, 2004, which saw firefighters at Battalion 2 move into their new temporary quarters located on the property of the Country Furniture store.  This newly erected pole-barn included a porta-potty and heat…significant upgrades from the previous location.  However, it was clear that Montgomery Township needed to build a new firehouse in the very near future to accommodate firefighters and residents living in the north end of the township.  Plans soon got underway to design and build the new firehouse, which would ultimately be located on undeveloped land at the corner of Route 202 and Montgomery Avenue, just a few steps from where both temporary fire stations had been located.

In May, 2005, F.D.M.T. volunteers attended an informal groundbreaking ceremony for the new Battalion 2 firehouse, and construction began in earnest in the hopes that the new firehouse would be completed before winter set in.  Recruitment efforts continued in earnest, and in June 2005 F.D.M.T. held its first-ever “Firefighter Boot Camp.”  This free program was designed to acquaint township residents with the fire service and show them the dedication it takes to be a volunteer firefighter.

Both Mack fire trucks would see several years of service with F.D.M.T. before leaving the department.  The original Mack Tower-Ladder now resides at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus, while the Mack Heavy Rescue was retired and sold in the summer of 2006 after the F.D.M.T. Relief Association purchased a brand new Pierce Arrow XT Heavy Rescue truck.

The new Battalion 2 firehouse officially opened in November of 2005.

Throughout 2006 and 2007, attention turned to the need to rehabilitate the existing firehouse at Route 309 and Stump Road.  The decades-old building, formerly the Public Works building converted to a firehouse, was in desperate need of repair and updating to accommodate career staff from the Department of Fire Services, volunteer firefighters and administrative staff.

Township staff in concert with volunteer support went to work designing the new firehouse alongside an architectural firm.  A number of zoning issues resulted in delays and several false starts, but construction finally began in late 2007.  It was decided that it would be more economically feasible to keep the existing engine bays as opposed to doing a complete teardown and rebuild.  Contractors started and maintained a brisk pace, rehabilitating the existing structure and adding thousands of square feet in new operational and administrative space on both sides.

Where we’re going:

The future of F.D.M.T is bright as the department focuses on recruiting new volunteers and retaining its existing membership base. If you want to be a part of it…visit the “Join Us” page of this site.