Chief Richard L. Harvey, BIO Chief Harvey has 46 years in the Fire Service starting as a volunteer firefighter.

He became a full-time firefighter with the Mentor Fire Department in 1974. He has held the position of Firefighter/Paramedic, Fire Lieutenant, Training Officer and Battalion Chief. He was Fire Chief for the City of Kirtland for four (4) years and has been Chief of the Mentor Fire Department for the last ten (10) years. Chief Harvey has an Associate Degree of Fire Science from Cuyahoga Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Technical Education from the University of Akron. He also has as Associate Degree of Science in Nursing from Lakeland Community College and is a Registered Nurse and Paramedic. Chief Harvey, a Mentor resident for 26 years, has been married to his wife, Diana, for 34 years. His son Todd is a full-time Firefighter/ Paramedic for the City of Eastlake and part-time Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Kirtland.

Richard L. Harvey
Objective: To become a part of the management team for the City of Mentor as the Fire Chief. 2002 – 2012 Mentor Fire Department Mentor, Ohio

Work Experience:

1997 – 2002

Kirtland Fire Department

Kirtland, Ohio

Fire Chief • Responsible for all aspects of the fire department and key member of the city management team • Developed very cooperative and functional relationships focused on providing the best possible service for a safe community with Lakeland Community College & Police, Kirtland schools, Lake Metro parks and other community organizations • Instituted Heart Safe Community program that now includes Automated External Defibrillators in City Hall/Police complex, Community Center (Senior Center), Kirtland Schools, Lakeland Community College, Lake Farm Park and Kirtland and Kirtland Hills police cars. 1974 – 1998 Mentor Fire Department Mentor, Ohio

Battalion Chief/Paramedic, Lieutenant/Paramedic, Training Officer, Firefighter/Paramedic, Firefighter/EMT • As “A” Shift Battalion Chief, supervised emergency operations and daily activities of this shift of 19 to 27 on-duty personnel operating 5 Engines, 5 Paramedic squads and 1 Aerial Platform. • Held key role in moving Mentor from ISO Class 6 to Class 3 and then Class 2. • Proposed, developed and led Technical Rescue Team handling High Angle (Rope), Confined Space, Trench Rescue and Structural Collapse Rescues.

Work Experience:

1979 – 1997

Concord Twp. Fire Department

Concord, Ohio

Captain/Paramedic, Lieutenant/Paramedic, Firefighter/EMT • Active in moving CFD forward to successful interior firefighting, Paramedic level EMS care and use of an Incident Command System. 1974 – 1975 Ashtabula Twp. Fire Department Ashtabula, Ohio

Firefighter/Assistant Training Officer 1971 – 1974

United States Army

Crash Rescue Firefighter and Crew Chief, Project NCO Honor Graduate of Firefighting School, Leadership School and NCO Academy • Soldier of Quarter at Company, Battalion, Brigade and Division levels. • Senior NCO in charge of Test Projects for new Army Fire Apparatus at Fort Knox branch of Aberdeen Proving Grounds. • Honorable Discharge from active duty on February 8, 1974. 1969 – 1971 Painesville City Fire Department Painesville, Ohio

Part-time Firefighter 1966 – 1971 Saybrook Fire Department Ashtabula, Ohio

Volunteer Junior and Regular Firefighter Education 1989 – 1993 University of Akron Akron, Ohio

Bachelor of Science in Technical Education • Emphasis on course and curriculum development, instructional methods, testing and evaluation and competency based training. 1977 – 1981 Lakeland Community College Mentor, Ohio

Associate Degree of Applied Science in Nursing • Preparation of Registered Nurse examination and License Education 1969 – 1970 Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland, Ohio

Associate Degree of Science in Fire Technology • Second Graduate of this degree program. 1968 – 1969 Kent State University Ashtabula, Ohio

Pre-Engineering Studies Accreditations and Certifications 36 hr. Volunteer and 200 hr. Paid Firefighting EMT-Paramedic Certification Fire Science Training Instructor and Fire Inspector HazMat Awareness, Operations, Incident Command and Analysis Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness and Technician Rope Rescue, Trench Rescue, Confined Space Rescue Registered Nurse – Licensed in Ohio Professional Memberships Lake County Chief’s of Fire Ohio Fire Chief’s Association International Association of Fire Chief’s Community Activities American Red Cross Blood and Aphaeresis Donor Member of St. Bede’s Church