The Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute (PFESI) State-Wide Advisory Board shall function as an advisory body to the Institute on priorities and issues that affect the fire and life safety community.

The PFESI State-Wide Advisory Board shall consist of any county, regional or state organization with fire, EMS, industry or related concerns.

Membership: Membership to the State-Wide Advisory Board shall remain open. The membership is for the organization and not an individual person. Each organization shall appoint a delegate and an alternate. Only one representative may vote.

Chairman: Following the initial meeting the State-Wide Advisory Board meetings shall be presided over by the Chairman, to be elected to serve a two year term.

Election of the Chairman: The Chairman shall be elected following nominations from the floor. The election will be by secret ballot. If a candidate does not receive 51% of the vote, a run-off election between the two (2) candidates receiving the highest vote count will be held.

Annual Meeting: The State-Wide Advisory Board shall hold its annual meeting in conjunction with the annual fundraising event in November, each year.

Committees: The Chairman may appoint committees, with the approval of the Board of Directors. All committee deliberations and proposals shall be subject to review and approval of the Board of Directors.

Executive Committee: Three (3) member organizations of the State-Wide Advisory Board will be elected to serve three (3) year terms on the Executive Committee. One position shall be open to fire service organizations. The second shall be reserved for emergency medical service organizations. The third position will be open to an industry organization. Nominations will be taken for each position separately. The election will be held by secret ballot. A run-off election will be held in the case of a tie.  The President of the Institute will serve as the Chairman of the Executive committee of the SWAB.

Standing: A member organization shall be considered in good standing as long as no more than two (2) consecutive scheduled meetings are missed.

Removal of Members: Members of the Board that have missed three (3) consecutive meetings can be removed from the Board by vote. Following the second absence, the Executive Director of PFESI shall notify, in writing, the organization that failure to be represented at the next scheduled meeting may result in removal action. The vote shall be secret, and a two/thirds (2/3) majority of those present must vote for removal for the action to be valid. The Chairman shall be a nonvoting member except in the case of a tie.

Quorum: A quorum of the State-Wide Advisory Board shall consist of 51% of the total organizations on the Board at the time of the annual meeting. A quorum is required for all voting decisions of the Board.

Assessment: Each organization of the Statewide Advisory Board shall pay an annual assessment of $100.00 due in January of each year.  Each new organization of the Board shall pay a one time fee of $50.00.  The initiation fee shall accompany the letter of intent.

Revised: April 2, 2007

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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!

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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