Officers

Current FVFD Officers

Brandon Leisure, Chief
Josh Hendrick, Assistant Chief
Tom Small, Assistant Chief
Scott Matson, Captain
Mike Pelsor, Captain
Andrew Csire, Captain
Gary Elsten, Chaplain


Chief Brandon Leisure

Chief Brandon Leisure

Leisure got his start in the fire service at Richland Township in 1995, serving there as a Lieutenant, Captain and then Chief for two years, before retiring from the department in late 2006. He came to FVFD in 2006 and resigned in 2007 when he moved out of the department’s coverage area. Several years later, he returned to the department as a firefighter and was promoted to Training/Station 2 Captain. He served in that capacity until July 2013, when he was elected Chief.

Leisure holds the following certifications: EMT, Firefighter I & II, Fire Officer Strategy and Tactics, Technical Rescue Awareness, Hazmat Awareness, Hazmat Operations, Fire Instructor I, Fire Inspector I & II, and Fire Investigator.


Assistant Chief Josh Hendrick

Hendrick joined the department in 2004, and was appointed to the position of Lieutenant and Training Officer in 2009 and then to Assistant Chief at the beginning of 2012. Hendrick has been an Emergency Medical Technician since 2005, also volunteering for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security District 6 Medical Task Force. In 2009, he became certified as a State of Indiana Fire Instructor and is also certified to Firefighter I & II level and Fire Officer Strategy & Tactics.


Assistant Chief Tom Small

Bio to come.


Captain Scott Matson

Matson joined the department in 1998, was appointed Lieutenant in 2009 and was then promoted to Captain at the beginning of 2012. He holds Fire Officer Strategy & Tactics and Firefighter I & II certifications, along with HazMat Awareness and Operations. He became certified as an Instructor 1 in 2009. Matson was named FVFD Firefighter of the Year in 2011.


Captain Andrew Csire

Csire joined the fire service in 2005 and joined FVFD in 2007, and has been an EMT since 2006. Holds Firefighter I and II, EMT, and HazMat Awareness and Ops certifications. He’s a certified Scuba Diver and has also been certified in Grain Bin Rescue. Csire was the Station 30 Safety Officer in 2013 and was appointed Captain in 2014.


Captain Michael Pelsor

Pelsor joined the department in 2006 and holds Firefighter I and II certifications. He was appointed Lieutenant at the beginning of 2012, and he has been working to build up the staffing levels at FVFD’s Station 2 in Lafayette Township.


Chaplain Gary Elsten

Elsten joined the department in 2009 as Chaplain. He is an Ordained Elder in the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, having been ordained in 2006. He is currently serving the Frankton First UMC (since 2005), having also served the Aroma UMC. Elsten was born in Anderson and has lived in this area all his life. He volunteered to be the department chaplain after hearing Chief Amick speak about the department at a local Lion’s Club meeting and feeling God’s call to volunteer his services.