MEDIA ADVISORY: Senate Committees to Examine Firefighter Issues

HARRISBURG — The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, led by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), and the Senate Majority Policy Committee, led by Sen. Ted Erickson (R-26), will examine firefighter recruitment, retention, training and funding issues at a joint public hearing on Friday, Oct. 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Adams County Emergency Services Facility, 230 Greenamyer Lane, in Gettysburg.  Sen. Rich Alloway (R-33), Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) and State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann will also participate.

Below is the agenda:

The Challenges of Firefighting Today

10:00 to 10:10 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks

  • Sen. Lisa Baker, Chair, Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee
  • Sen. Ted Erickson, Chairman, Senate Majority Policy Committee
  • Sen. Rich Alloway, Senator, 33rd Senatorial District
  • Adams County Commissioner Randy L. Phiel

10:10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
John Senft, Chairman, Board of Governors, Fire Chiefs and Firefighters Association of York County, Retired Fire Chief for the City of York

  • Robert Gordon, Adams County Council of Governments
  • Ben Thomas, Cumberland Twp. Manager
  • Ken Kime, President, Adams County Volunteer Emergency Services Association
  • John Eline, Director, Adams County Emergency Management Agency

10:40 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Jane Hyde, Vice-President, Wellspan Gettysburg
  • D. Robert Brady, Local Government Policy Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Firefighters Panel

  • Don Konkle, Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute
  • William Jenaway, Chief, King of Prussia Fire Department
  • Jerry Poland, Chief, Bonneauville Fire Department and Board Member, PFESI
  • Jay Delaney, Chief, Wilkes-Barre Fire Department and PA Career Fire Chiefs Assn.

11:30 a.m. to 12 noon
State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann



Diane McNaughton

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