Board of Directors

Executive Board

Mike Whitzel, President
Jerry Poland, Vice President
Jeff Siegrist, Secretary
Thomas L. Savage III, Treasurer

Mr. Jeff Siegrist
Provident Agency
PO Box 20400
York PA  17402
Phone: 717-840-6500
Fax: 717-840-6501
Email: jsiegrist@providentbenefits.com

Mr. Thomas L. Savage III
436 Harwicke Road
Springfield PA  19064
Home Phone: 610-543-4069
Email: tlsavage@earthlink.net

Mr. Brian Connely   
Spartan ERV
511 Lombard Street
Tamaqua PA  18252
Phone: 570-728-4743
Email: brian.connely@spartanerv.com

Mr. Barry Buskey
312 North 31st Street
Harrisburg PA  17109-3515
Phone: 717-652-6362
Email: bjbuskey@comcast.net

Mr. Mike Whitzel
206 Keystone Alley
Dillsburg PA  17019
Phone: 717-801-9633
Email: station65chief@verizon.net

Mr. Ray Lonabaugh
National Fire Sprinkler Assoc.
PO Box 126
Ridley Park PA  19078
Phone: 610-521-4768
Cell Phone: 914-643-0940
Email: lonabaugh@nfsa.org

Mr. Jerry Poland
VFIS
10 Ash Drive, Littlestown PA  17340
Office: 1-800-233-1957
Cell phone: 717-858-7054
jpoland@vfis.com

Ms. Janette Swade
PEHSC
600 Wilson Lane
Mechanicsburg PA  17055
Phone 717-795-0740
Email: jswade@pehsc.org

Ray Stackhouse
427 Sixth Avenue
Parkesburg PA  19365
Phone 484-571-9686
Email: rstackhouse@calntownship.org

Jason Witmier
One Industrial Complex
Nesquehoning PA  18240
Phone 800-235-3928
Email: jwitmier@kovatch.com

Kevin Moul
102 Sutton Road
Abbottstown PA  17301
Phone 717-324-0339
Email: kmoul@thefirestore.com

Statewide Advisory Board Chairman

Mr. Frank J. Zangari
213 C Street
Girardville PA  17935
Phone: 610-562-6045
Email: Fzangari@pa.gov

Executive Director

Mr. Donald Konkle
Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute
223 State Street
Harrisburg PA  17101
Phone: 717-236-5995
Fax: 717-236-5996
Email: pfesi@verizon.net

Administrative Assistant

Penny Biter
Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute
223 State Street
Harrisburg PA  17101
Phone: 717-236-5995
Fax: 717-236-5996
Email: pfesi@verizon.net

Emeritus Members

Mr. David Wyrwas
VFIS
183 Leader Heights Road
PO Box 2726
York PA  17405
Phone: 800-233-1957
Fax: 717-741-5205
Email: Dwyrwas@vfis.com

Statewide Advisory Board Chairmen

1991 – 1993    Tom Savage
1993 – 1994    Ernie Rojahn
1994 – 1995    Don Konkle
1995 – 1996    Ken Stewart
1996 – 1997    Walt Wise
1997 – 1998    Mike Heffron
1998 – 1999    Norm Bowser
1999 – 2000    Tom Quinn
2000 – 2002    Bob Timko
2002 – 2004    Duane Trautman
2004 – 2006    Vince Difilippo
2006 – 2008    Charles Belgie
2008 – 2010    Charles Belgie
2010 – 2012    George (Beau) Crowding
2012 – 2014    Frank Zangari

Institute Past Presidents

Mr. Chet Henry
Mr. William F. Jenaway
Mr. William Hamilton
Mr. Louis Klein
Mr. Donald Konkle – 1996 – 2009
Mr. David Wyrwas – 2009 – 2012
Brian Connely – 2012

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10 hours ago

PFESI

Thank You - Chief Dave Nelson from Whitehall Township for advocating at the local level. One Vision, One Voice we can make a difference! ... See MoreSee Less

Thank You - Chief Dave Nelson from Whitehall Township for advocating at the local level. One Vision, One Voice we can make a difference!

17 hours ago

PFESI

Thank you to Jerry Brant from Cambria County for engaging at the local level! ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to Jerry Brant from Cambria County for engaging at the local level!

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Fourteen companies needed to respond....and even if all this legislation tied to SR6 passes, you will still need fourteen companies to provide sufficient fire protection in Tyrone!

The sad truth is, it will get a lot worse before serious efforts take place to reverse the current situation. For example you call 911and no one responds. The customers (community) will finally realize what has happened.

2 days ago

PFESI

16 & 17 Year Olds and Interior FF - Survey Results - Over 1,400 responses were received - Thank You!

It is important to remember at this time, this is NOT a law or policy.

PFESI provides independent advice to members and staff of the General Assembly, the Administration, county and local government officials, and other statewide organizations.

Pennsylvania is at a critical time and out of the box thinking will be needed at all level to ensure essential community fire and emergency response.

The complete survey can be downloaded at this link: pfesi.org/pfesi-initiatives/
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The way that some programs move in this state, when an individual (16/7) start an Essentials or FF1/FF2 program, they dont finish until after they're 18. I personally am for allowing them to complete the training, but maybe the programs themselves need to be looked at.

Wow reading all these negative comments about it is shocking. When I went through the process 30 years ago as long as my parents and Cheif sign off I could participate in only a training environment. That allowed me to get into other classes. Today, I can sign off on my child in junior year in high school to enlist in the military but everyone is flipping shit about Mod 4 training....a controlled environment training. 16 year and 6 months we trust these kids with a drivers license to drive a car by themselves, but can't send them to a 56 hour course? And people wonder why young kids are losing interest! I trust my instructors locally that I would have signed off on my 3 sons and step son at 16 to obtain their Mod 4. And I hope this passes soon. My step son will be leaving for college at 17. Meaning at it may be 4 years before he can do Mod 4. How much will change in the fire service that would he be allowed in Mod 4 in 4 years?

Okay so I am going to go against the grain here a little. Allowing 16/17 year olds to complete all modules of the essentials program and or Firefighter I&II is not a bad idea and is already successful in other states, ie Ohio in their high school programs. This allows these individuals upon graduation and or turning 18 to become interior firefighters or even better gain employment as a firefighter. Their training would be no different at 16/17 or 40 meeting the same standards requirements and NFPA guidelines. It would be a mechanism to train them at an early age and foster their experience getting them ready with experience when they are old enough to take that line in the door.

Thank you. On it.

How about we tackle the issue instead of coming up with asinine ideas that won’t fix anything (and we all know it, but until egos are gone nothing will change). Consolidate fire stations and hire firefighters. Problem solved.

So, you cant buy Tobacco until you're 21 in Pa but they think being an interior firefighter is ok at 16? So, if that doesnt work we go to 12 or 10? I would imagine proper fire department funding would do more good.

There are basics in surveying - you can get the result you want based on who you poll. Here’s the reality: underdeveloped decision making in high pressure conditions will lead to thin decision making. This leads to life risk of both actors and support. As much as I want the problem to go away this is NOT the way to make it go away.

How about we try a real solution like supplemental paid staffing that is trained and experienced rather than using inexperienced children?

Lowering the standard because volunteer numbers are down Nd peopleare struggling.. id rather struggle than sit in court when a 16-17 year old kills someone or gets killed...if

37.9% of firefighters polled are delusional

I would not have 16 years I would even up it 20/21 of age

Jordan Isaac Zachary Bilder

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO THIS IS STUPID. AT 16/17 I PROMISE YOU THEY ARE NOT MATURE ENOUGH TO DO THIS.

Mark Kirchgasser

So apparently Paul R. Tate couldn't handle the truth

37.9% of firefighters polled are junior members

Wow, at least you weeded out 537 morons

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2 days ago

PFESI

Thank you Assistant Chief Allen Clark, Fellow's Club Volunteer Fire Company (Crawford County) for engaging and advocating with members of the General Assembly! ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Assistant Chief Allen Clark, Fellows Club Volunteer Fire Company (Crawford County) for engaging and advocating with members of the General Assembly!

3 days ago

PFESI

Advocating for your fire service organization is critically important! PFESI would like to recognize Captain Ellen Yarborough from South Media Fire Company (Delaware County) for meeting with Senator Tim Kearney and Chief of Staff Sara McCullough from the 26th Senatorial District. Thank you Ellen! ... See MoreSee Less

Advocating for your fire service organization is critically important! PFESI would like to recognize Captain Ellen Yarborough from South Media Fire Company (Delaware County) for meeting with Senator Tim Kearney and Chief of Staff Sara McCullough from the 26th Senatorial District. Thank you Ellen!
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