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Turoczy named acting Trafford emergency management coordinator

| Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Trafford Council has nominated a borough resident who has experience as a firefighter and hazardous-materials technician to be the new emergency-management coordinator.

Council designated Frank Turoczy, 54, as the acting coordinator at a special meeting July 30 and voted to forward his name to Gov. Tom Corbett for possible appointment to the post on a full-time basis.

Under state law, the governor appoints local coordinators on the recommendation of the municipal leaders.

Turoczy steps in on an interim basis to replace Brian Ellicker, who resigned in July after four years in the job because of what he called “irreconcilable differences” with some council members.

Immediately after Ellicker's resignation on July 16, council members designated volunteer fire Chief Brian Lindbloom as the acting coordinator but indicated they might be looking to choose someone else for the permanent position.

Lindbloom, who served in the role before Ellicker's appointment, has a full-time job in Peters Township as a firefighter paramedic.

Turoczy, who formerly volunteered for the Trafford Fire Company is a hazmat technician with the Allegheny County Hazardous Materials Red Team, which covers the eastern Allegheny suburbs.

Council President Richard Laird said Turoczy wants to return to volunteering in a public-safety capacity in the borough after he had a falling out with the fire department because of its leadership.

Council also named Turoczy's wife, Tracie, and Robert Rhody as the deputy coordinators. Tracie Turoczy now works for Trafford Emergency Medical Service. She formerly was treasurer of the Trafford Volunteer Firefighters Relief Association.

Rhody is a former Trafford firefighter who now is a captain for one of the Pitcairn volunteer departments.

Laird said all three of the people now serving on the emergency-management team were eager to take on their new roles.

“These people, they're honest, they're sincere and I trust them, and I'm just tickled pink they want to volunteer for Trafford,” Laird said.

Within a year of his appointment, Turoczy will be required to complete a series of incident-command and emergency-management independent-study courses, attend three training sessions provided by the county and receive a written endorsement from the county's emergency-management coordinator, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency press secretary Cory Angell said.

Turoczy also will be required to complete the first phase of a PEMA-prescribed career-development program within one year and the second phase within three years, Angell said.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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