HARRISBURG – After supporting a resolution that established a bipartisan, bicameral commission to address the issues facing emergency services in the Commonwealth, Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) joined the commission’s first meeting this week.
The effort to assist Pennsylvania’s first responders includes a comprehensive review of the challenges of providing emergency services, as well as a report of recommendations to be completed by June 30. Both paid and volunteer services will be addressed.
“Our emergency preparedness and response services, especially the volunteer portion, are in dire straits regarding manpower shortages, financial constraints, lack of timely and affordable training, and proper equipment,” Barrar said.
During Tuesday’s meeting, commission members broke into committees and discussed office operations of the fire commissioner, federal and state funding for firefighters, allowable uses for fire grants, and other important topics.
“This commission has the chance to do a great deal of good for our emergency response system across the state,” Barrar added. “I look forward to working with everyone to consider many ideas this year.”
The next meeting will be held on Friday, Feb. 2, in Pittsburgh.
Representative Stephen E. Barrar
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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