As Deputy Commissioner of Operations, Gary Loesch has administrative and operational oversight of approximately 2,500 Fire and EMS personnel in the Philadelphia Fire Department. He is a seasoned Fire Chief with extensive experience serving as the authority in planning, establishing, directing and overseeing all aspects of personnel performing fire suppression, medical response, rescue, prevention, and hazardous materials mitigation.
Loesch joined the Philadelphia Fire Department as a Firefighter in 1985. He rose through the ranks while serving in various capacities across the city, including as an instructor for several firefighter- and paramedic cadet classes and the PFD’s first Command & Leadership School for officers. He was the Department’s first certified Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter (ARFF) Shift Captain at Engine 78 at Philadelphia International Airport, with accountability for training and certifying all assigned Firefighters and Paramedics, and for leading all crash and rescue operations involving the airfield, aircraft and airport terminals.
Loesch has also served as Chief Officer of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Task Force Contingent and as PFD’s Operations Chief for large city events including Welcome America (July 4th); Jay Z’s Made In America festival; and the 2016 Democratic National Convention. He was PFD’s Planning & Operations Chief for the World Meeting of Families/Papal Visit in 2015.
Loesch holds multiple IFSAC & Pro-Board certifications and has completed professional coursework on topics including emergency management, hazardous materials and incident command. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public safety administration from Neumann University. Loesch also served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter crew chief and received the Good Conduct Medal.
Deputy Commissioner of Operations