Assistant Fire Chief Paul Harto, Sr. joined the Wheeling Fire Department in March 1989 and serves as one of three duty chiefs’ in the suppression division – overseeing the department’s “C Platoon.”
Prior to joining WFD, Assistant Chief Harto worked as a 911 dispatcher with the City of Wheeling from 1986-89.
After joining the fire department, he was primarily assigned to Squad 1, until he was promoted to Fire Engineer in 1993.
He then worked at various stations, including Engine 4 from 1993-95, Engine 5 from 1995-99 and later Engine 10 from 1999-2005.
In 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief, where he served one year in the training division, before moving to the suppression division as Duty Chief in February 2009.
Assistant Chief Harto is a lifelong resident of Wheeling and has earned a number of commendations. He thoroughly enjoys helping keep the City of Wheeling a safe place.
In 2005, he was one of four firefighters from Wheeling that assisted FEMA during Hurricane Katrina for one month in Texas.