Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Safety Expert Peduto's Pick Has a Wide Range of Experience

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Safety Expert Peduto's Pick Has a Wide Range of Experience

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Less than two years ago, Mayor Bill Peduto selected a supervisory agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to head Pittsburgh's Public Safety Department. Last Tuesday, he did it again, this time introducing Wendell Hissrich to replace Stephen A. Bucar, who didn't last long.

Mr. Hissrich, 53, is a Forest Hills native and Duquesne University graduate who brings broad experience that should serve him well as he leads a division that includes the city's police, fire, emergency medical services and animal control bureaus.

He's been a member of the volunteer fire department in his hometown since 1985 and was first a paramedic and then a crew chief in Pittsburgh's EMS bureau. In 1990, he joined the FBI, where most recently he was chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Operations Response Unit in Washington, D.C.

His job included extensive managerial experience, overseeing 56 FBI field offices with a focus on WMD response, investigations and task force operations. …

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