The PFESI Statewide Advisory Board

Statewide Advisory Board Chairman:

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

Past 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    Beau Crowding
2012 – 2014    Frank Zangari


Statewide Advisory Board Membership

Allegheny Co. Fire Chiefs Assoc.
Allegheny County FireFighters Assoc
Ambulance Assoc. of Pennsylvania
Beaver County Emergency Services
Beaver County Firemen’s Association
Bradford Co. Firemen’s Assoc.
Bucks Co. Community College
Bucks Co. Eergency Health Services
Bucks County Fire Chiefs & FireFighters
Butler County Community College
Central District Vol. Firemen’s Assn. of PA
Centre Co. Fire Chiefs Assoc.
Centre Region Code Administration
Chester County Emergency Services
Chester County Fire Chiefs Assoc
Commonwealth Fire Equipment Co. Inc.
Crawford County Firemen’s Assoc.
Cumberland Co. Fire Chiefs Assoc.
Cumberland Co. Firefighters Assoc
Cumberland Co. Joint Fire Rescue Training
Dauphin Co. Fire Chiefs Assoc.
Delaware Co. Board of Fire & Life Safety
Delaware Co. Firemen’s Assoc.
Erie County Firefighters Assn.
Fayette County Firemen’s Association
Firemen’s Assoc. State of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg Area Community College
International Code Council
Keystone Emergency Management Assoc.
Keystone State Fire Chiefs Assoc.
Lancaster Co. Firemen’s Assoc.
Lebanon Co. Firefighters Assoc.
Marco Fire Protection Specialist
Montgomery Co Municipal Fire Officers
Municipal Marketing Services
National Fire Sprinkler Assoc.
Northeastern PA Vol. Firemen’s Federation
PA Assoc of Arson Investigators
PA Assoc. of Fire Code Officials
PA Assoc. of Hazardous Materials Technicians
PA Career Fire Chiefs Assn.
PA Dept. of Health
PA Emergency Health Services Council
PA Fire Police Assoc.
PA Fireman Magazine
PA Professional Fire Fighters Assoc.
PA State Assoc of Boroughs
Pennsylvania Building Officials Conference (PennBOC)
Perry Co Vol. Firemen’s Association
Personal Protection Equipment Specialist
Provident Agency
Schuylkill Co Firefighters Association
Schuylkill Co. Emergency Management Agency
Schuylkill Co. Fire Chiefs Assoc.
Somerset & Cambria Co. Fire Police Assoc.
Southern Chester County Fire Chief’s, Inc.
Susquehanna County Fire Police
VFIS
Western PA Firemen’s Assoc.
Westmoreland Co. Fire Chief’s Assoc.
York Area United Fire and Rescue
York City Fire/Rescue Services
York County Fire Chief’s & Firefighters (Fire School)
York County Fire Police

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9 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!

16 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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