Fire and Emergency Services
The Center for Local Government Services provides assistance to foster improved relations between municipal officials and the fire and emergency services community, management and leadership resources, and technical assistance for new Cooperative Partnerships including merging, consolidating and regionalizing emergency services.
The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee issued a report in 2005 known as the HR 148 Report examining fire company, Cooperative Partnerships, across Pennsylvania. Included in this informative document is a variety of statistics and information about the Pennsylvania fire and emergency services. Also, the report discusses how to build partnerships designed to increase recruitment, retention, and achieve efficiencies within the fire and emergency services. See the HR 148 Report Condensed Version highlighting the report's Executive Summary and the Case Studies. The Center provides resources for any entity that is considering some type of new partnership.
Management and Leadership
The Center also provides education and training opportunities in Administration and Finance and other areas through the PA Local Government Training Partnership. The courses are designed to keep municipal officials and others including emergency service leaders current on new laws and legislative requirements and enhance their ability to govern more effectively. Training is provided through a partnership agreement with the local government associations. You can access the training courses here.
The Senate issued a report in 2004 known as Senate Resolution 60. Commonly referred to as SR 60, the report developed 23 recommendations identifying the issue, problem and resolution needed to manage and improve the delivery of fire and emergency medical services across the state, now and in the future. To date, several of those key recommendations have been implemented to assist emergency services and local communities. The report also provides a Fire/EMS Service Delivery Chart to assist communities in identifying who their emergency service providers are and a Standard of Service Matrix to determine the acceptable level of emergency services in Pennsylvania communities.
Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Association
Use the VFRA Online Database to search for advice on whether relief monies may be used to purchase goods and services. The list is prepared with the premise that the items listed are being used in an all volunteer entity. Please contact DCED directly in cases where the fire service or emergency service staff is a combination of paid and volunteer staff for further guidance.
In those instances where DCED's position differs from the Auditor General Department's position, the Auditor General Department's position is final and will be handled as follows: verbal observation issued for the first audit that the unauthorized expenditure is identified, and a written finding in subsequent audit reports if not corrected, up to and including potential withholding of funds if so decided by the Auditor General.
Fire Insurance Escrow Ordinances
The municipalities who have filed a fire escrow ordinance are listed in the Fire Insurance Escrow Ordinances database. To be included in this database, municipalities should submit their approved fire escrow ordinance to the Center for inclusion on the website.
For matters concerning the Volunteer Firefighters' Relief Association and the Fire Insurance Escrow Ordinances, contact Sean Sanderson at (717) 720-7384.
For more information, contact Rob Brady at (717) 787-8169.