Herbert Giovanni Leusch-Carnaroli
In the summer of 2009, the Conduit Road Fire Board appointed Herbert Giovanni Leusch-Carnaroli to be Fire Chief at Glen Echo Fire Department. He is responsible for the management of the department through the development, administration, and implementation of departmental policies, rules, regulations, standards of operation, and emergency preparedness plans.
Chief Leusch came to GEFD following 15 years as a volunteer at Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, where he rose to the rank of Deputy Chief and also was training coordinator. Chief Leusch is one of the most highly-credentialed fire officials in the United States, and is certified for aircraft rescue and firefighting, wildland firefighting, underwater rescue and investigation, hazardous materials, and more. He is nationally certified as a Fire Officer IV and Fire/Rescue Instructor III (the highest level).
Chief Leusch has received numerous service citations including recognition as co-leader of the Montgomery County, Maryland Firefighting Task Force deployed to New Orleans in the days following Hurricane Katrina, the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Outstanding Community Service Award (twice), and multiple commendations for having run the most calls in several years while a member of Rockville Volunteer Fire Department.
Chief Leusch is a native of Italy and traveled throughout the world before settling in the U.S. in the 1980s. He graduated summa cum laude in agricultural economics from North Carolina State University and obtained a second bachelor’s degree in fire science from the University of Maryland University College. In addition, Chief Leusch holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Master of Arts in Security Management from The George Washington University.
Chief Leusch settled in Montgomery County in the early 1990s and soon thereafter joined the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department as a firefighter/rescuer. A year before moving to the area, he encountered a car accident; he did not have any emergency training at the time and felt powerless in the situation. This experience prompted Chief Leusch to join the volunteer fire/rescue service and acquire emergency medical technician training. He was promoted quickly, becoming a fire engine and ladder truck driver, and then an officer.
By day, when not volunteering his time to fire and rescue activities, Giovanni, as he is known outside the fire service, is a Vice President at SRA International, Inc., a community-oriented company staffed by personnel who combine creativity, mission experience, technology acumen and domain expertise to deliver innovative IT solutions and professional services in support of the toughest mission and operational challenges of the U.S. government. Prior to this position, he was a Director, Global Public Sector Practice at Grant Thornton LLP, one of the six largest global audit, tax and advisory organizations. Previously, he had been the Associate Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he was responsible for all areas of IT policy, strategy, investment management, governance, and cyber-security, and also the Director of the Project Management Office at the Federal Aviation Administration.
One of Chief Leusch’s passions remains aviation; he is a licensed commercial airplane (single-engine and multi-engine land and sea, instrument) and helicopter pilot. Chief Leusch and his wife and children reside in Rockville.