Groveland Fire Chief Robert Lay announced that Kurt Ruchala has been named the department’s first assistant chief.
Ruchala joined the Groveland department as a firefighter in 1996, then rose through the ranks to become a lieutenant in 1998 and captain in 2011.
“Assistant Chief Ruchala has gone above and beyond the call of duty in every way with his commitment to the fire service,” said Lay in announcing the promotion. “I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this opportunity, considering his dedication to the community as well as the role he has played in our ongoing organizational transformation.”
Ruchala will be taking an active role in strategic planning as well as leading the development of a comprehensive training plan.Linda Greenstein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.