Joshua Eberle was sworn in as Chief of the Findlay Fire Department on Monday, July 6, 2015. Mayor Lydia Mihalik swore in Joshua in front of a large audience including his family, fellow members of the Fire Department, members of the Findlay Police Department, City Council representatives and citizens of Findlay. Chief Eberle replaces Chief Thomas Lonyo who retired in January and acting Chief Matthew Traver.
Chief Eberle has been employed with the Findlay Fire Department since 1999. Chief Eberle has had an extensive career in fire service and has worked in many disciplines of the profession. As Fire Training Co-Coordinator and Fire Instructor, he implemented individual training courses and developed classes and training programs for the Fire Department. Chief Eberle was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2010.
Chief Eberle is an assistant instructor for the All Hazards Training Center at the University of Findlay and a Credentials Coordinator for the Country Music Association Awards television program. He is a board member for the Findlay-based charitable organization Fire Relief Foundation; has assisted in development and implementation of Local 381 Smoke Detector Program and Campaign; has assisted in grant applications for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus replacement and Turnout Gear Extractor; and developed a Confined-Space Entry and Safety checklist for the Findlay Fire Department. Chief Eberle holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bowling Green State University.
For more information about the Findlay Fire Department, please visit the fire.findlayohio.com.