Aug. 22, 2019

HARRISBURG – State Sen. Judy Ward (R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon) and Rep. Rich Irvin (R-Huntingdon/Mifflin/Centre) will host an informational discussion on the Senate Resolution 6 Commission’s Final Report offering recommendations to stabilize and strengthen Pennsylvania’s struggling fire and EMS services.

The seminar will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Marklesburg Volunteer Fire Company, 15205 Raystown Road, James Creek.

“Our communities benefit every single day from the service, knowledge and bravery of our local fire and emergency providers, who routinely place the safety of others above their own,” Irvin said. “Unfortunately, many of us take for granted that those very fire and EMS organizations are in crisis right now. We hope local volunteers will join us for this important discussion so that we can ensure a reliable future for fire and EMS services in Pennsylvania.”

In 2017, Senate Resolution 6 established a special bipartisan, bicameral legislative commission to recommend improvements to the delivery of emergency services in the Commonwealth and develop and promote legislation in furtherance of its recommendations. The purpose of the seminar is to provide information on those recommendations to local fire companies, EMS and municipal officials, and also to receive feedback on what recommendations from Senate Resolution 6 would be most beneficial.

“Emergency Services are an expected and vital necessity in our communities.” Ward said. “These brave men and women continually struggle to afford the equipment, training and facilities needed to protect our communities and save lives. During this seminar, we will discuss the needs of the fire and emergency medical services community, legislation affecting emergency responders, grants, and shared services available to them.”

During the seminar, attendees will hear from Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego, Pennsylvania EMA Director David R. (Randy) Padfield, The Pennsylvania House Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee, and David Jones of Southern Alleghenies EMS and Penn State University. There will be an opportunity for Q&A, open discussion and comments/suggestions. The event is for emergency responders and municipal officials only.

For additional information, call Irvin’s district office at (814) 644-2996.

Representative Rich Irvin
81st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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