(March 22, 2013) Following a three month search, the City of Frisco has hired a new Fire Chief.
Mark Piland, 53, currently serves as Chief of Volusia County Fire Rescue. He will start his new job in Frisco April 15. Chief Piland was selected from a pool of 101 candidates.
“I am excited for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Frisco, as well as the men and women of the Frisco Fire Department,” said Chief Mark Piland. “I look forward to continuing the great tradition of excellence that Frisco is known for.”
Chief Piland began his career in 1979 with the Virginia Beach, Virginia Fire Department. Chief Piland worked his way up through the ranks and retired as an Assistant Chief in 2011.
While at Virginia Beach, Chief Piland served as the Team Leader for Virginia Task Force 2, which deployed to a number of disasters including the Pentagon on 9-11 and the Haiti Earthquake in 2010. After retiring from Virginia Beach, Chief Piland became the Fire Chief for the Volusia County Fire Service in Florida where he has served since 2011.
“I’m impressed with the credentials and experience Chief Piland will bring to Frisco,” said Todd Renshaw, Frisco Director of Public Safety. “I think he’ll be a valuable addition to the Frisco Fire Department.”
Chief Piland earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Old Dominion University and a Master of Public Health from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Chief Piland also received the designation of Executive Fire Officer from the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Chief Piland and his wife, Wanda, have
a 7-year-old daughter.
Chief Piland assumes the role previously held by Mack Borchardt, who transitioned to his current role on October 1, 2012 as Special Assistant to the City Manager after serving as Frisco’s Fire Chief for more than