Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner

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The mental health of firefighters and other first responders is an important focus for us at OSFC. We know that distress...
08/17/2021

The mental health of firefighters and other first responders is an important focus for us at OSFC. We know that distressing news can trigger uncomfortable feelings.

It’s okay to need help.

🧑‍💻 OSFC offers online mental health training opportunities: bit.ly/OSFC-PR69

ℹ️ Agency partners have resources available to anyone, including some specifically for veterans: bit.ly/DHS-Mental-Health

#MentalHealthMatters #ReachOutPA

The mental health of firefighters and other first responders is an important focus for us at OSFC. We know that distressing news can trigger uncomfortable feelings.

It’s okay to need help.

🧑‍💻 OSFC offers online mental health training opportunities: bit.ly/OSFC-PR69

ℹ️ Agency partners have resources available to anyone, including some specifically for veterans: bit.ly/DHS-Mental-Health

#MentalHealthMatters #ReachOutPA

State Fire Commissioner Announces Grant Program for Fire Companies and Emergency Medical Services - PennWatch
08/17/2021
State Fire Commissioner Announces Grant Program for Fire Companies and Emergency Medical Services - PennWatch

State Fire Commissioner Announces Grant Program for Fire Companies and Emergency Medical Services - PennWatch

State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego announced today a grant program for fire companies and emergency medical services has opened for applications until October 15, 2021. The grant is part of the 2021 Act 13 Unconventional Gas Well Fund Grant. Through the grant, titled the 2021 Act 13 Unconventional....

📢 OSFC GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The 2021 grant application period for the Act 13 Unconventional Gas Well Fund (UGWF) Grant Pr...
08/16/2021

📢 OSFC GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The 2021 grant application period for the Act 13 Unconventional Gas Well Fund (UGWF) Grant Program is now OPEN. The application period closes October 15, 2021.

The Act 13 UGWF Grant Program provides grants for volunteer and career fire, emergency medical services, and rescue companies throughout the 40 Pennsylvania counties where unconventional gas well drilling has been permitted, or those counties that directly border the permitted counties, and who respond to gas well related emergencies.

Learn more and apply: https://bit.ly/OSFC-UGWF

#OSFCgrants

📢 OSFC GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The 2021 grant application period for the Act 13 Unconventional Gas Well Fund (UGWF) Grant Program is now OPEN. The application period closes October 15, 2021.

The Act 13 UGWF Grant Program provides grants for volunteer and career fire, emergency medical services, and rescue companies throughout the 40 Pennsylvania counties where unconventional gas well drilling has been permitted, or those counties that directly border the permitted counties, and who respond to gas well related emergencies.

Learn more and apply: https://bit.ly/OSFC-UGWF

#OSFCgrants

🧑🏼‍🚒👩🏾‍🚒 PA FIREFIGHTERS IN THE NEWSVolunteer firefighters from Plymouth Township were recognized by local officials las...
08/16/2021
Plymouth Firefighters Honored For Assistance With Water Rescue

🧑🏼‍🚒👩🏾‍🚒 PA FIREFIGHTERS IN THE NEWS

Volunteer firefighters from Plymouth Township were recognized by local officials last week for rescuing a motorist who had become stranded in flooded waters earlier this summer.

Thank you for your heroic efforts.

Plymouth Fire Company No. 1 (Montco 43)
Conshohocken Fire Company No. 2

A handful of Plymouth firefighters, along with counterparts from Conshohocken, were recognized by local officials for rescuing a motorist.

📢 WE'RE HIRING! Looking to advance your career and impact the communities served by the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy?...
08/13/2021

📢 WE'RE HIRING! Looking to advance your career and impact the communities served by the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy? The academy is hiring an Education Specialist in its Certification Program Area.

▶️ See the job announcement flyer: https://bit.ly/3xKoYHm
▶️ Apply now: https://bit.ly/3xJe8Sb

📢 WE'RE HIRING! Looking to advance your career and impact the communities served by the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy? The academy is hiring an Education Specialist in its Certification Program Area.

▶️ See the job announcement flyer: https://bit.ly/3xKoYHm
▶️ Apply now: https://bit.ly/3xJe8Sb

Photos from US National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly's post
08/11/2021

Photos from US National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly's post

Timeline Photos
08/10/2021

Timeline Photos

Enjoy a #summer favorite on #NationalSmoresDay today but please remember to keep #firesafety in mind! Learn more about #campfire & #FirePit safety. Now, go ahead and double stack! https://bit.ly/2DT67UE

#FireSafetyTip #FireSafety #grillingsafety #cookout #grilling

It's an extremely hot and humid week in PA. 🌡️ Firefighters and other first responders: Stay safe in the heat with these...
08/10/2021

It's an extremely hot and humid week in PA. 🌡️ Firefighters and other first responders: Stay safe in the heat with these tips.

Learn more about heat safety ➡️ bit.ly/ExtremeHeatPA

#PAWX #HeatSafety

It's an extremely hot and humid week in PA. 🌡️ Firefighters and other first responders: Stay safe in the heat with these tips.

Learn more about heat safety ➡️ bit.ly/ExtremeHeatPA

#PAWX #HeatSafety

Happy birthday, Smokey Bear! 🎉#OnlyYou
08/09/2021

Happy birthday, Smokey Bear! 🎉

#OnlyYou

🎉🎂🐻
Let's all help Smokey Bear celebrate his 77th birthday by practicing 3 simple steps to prevent wildfire ⤵️

This week will be extremely hot and humid across Pennsylvania. Stay safe with these tips from the PA Emergency Managemen...
08/09/2021

This week will be extremely hot and humid across Pennsylvania. Stay safe with these tips from the PA Emergency Management Agency.

It's also important to know the signs of heat illness. If you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke, call 911 or get them to a hospital immediately.

Learn more: ready.gov/heat#illness

A dangerously hot and humid week is ahead for much of PA. 🌡️

Stay safe with these 5⃣ extreme heat tips:
▪️ Stay indoors
▪️ Stay hydrated
▪️ Avoid strenuous activity outdoors, especially midday
▪️ Look before you lock
▪️ Check on older neighbors

Learn more: ready.gov/heat

#HeatSafety #SummerSafety #PAWX

Pa. firefighters return home after battling Montana wildfires
08/06/2021
Pa. firefighters return home after battling Montana wildfires

Pa. firefighters return home after battling Montana wildfires

A group of firefighters who traveled to Montana to help put out massive wildfires are back home. Brave men and women returned to Dauphin County after spending weeks on the road, working 16 hour day…

Last weekend was the 40th Annual PA Weekend at the National Fire Academy! More than 130 career and volunteer firefighter...
08/05/2021

Last weekend was the 40th Annual PA Weekend at the National Fire Academy! More than 130 career and volunteer firefighters attended multiple classes throughout the weekend. Attendees also paid their respects to the fallen at the annual Line of Duty Death Memorial.

Thank you to everyone who attended. Enjoy these photos from the weekend. 📸

U.S. Fire Administration
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Photos from Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner's post
08/05/2021

Photos from Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner's post

Photos from PA Emergency Management Agency's post
08/04/2021

Photos from PA Emergency Management Agency's post

National Night Out is today, August 3! Check with your local law enforcement agency or fire department to see if there a...
08/03/2021

National Night Out is today, August 3! Check with your local law enforcement agency or fire department to see if there are National Night Out events happening in your community. 🚒

📅 National Night Out (NNO) is TOMORROW, Tuesday, August 3! NNO is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

Reach out to your local law enforcement agency or check their social media accounts and websites to see if there will be NNO events in your community.

Learn more: natw.org

#NationalNightOut

This will be the fifth Pennsylvania crew to be sent to fight out-of-state wildfires this year. PA also has two engines a...
08/02/2021
Pa. firefighters heading to Montana to fight wildfires

This will be the fifth Pennsylvania crew to be sent to fight out-of-state wildfires this year. PA also has two engines and an incident management team helping out.

Stay safe, Anthracite crew. Thank you, Liberty crew, for your important and difficult work fighting wildfires the past few weeks.

For the fifth time this year, a group of firefighters from Pennsylvania will be heading out west to battle the raging fires. This group, called the Anthracite crew, is heading to Montana.

Photos from Pennsylvania State Fire Academy's post
08/01/2021

Photos from Pennsylvania State Fire Academy's post

07/30/2021

WATCH VS. WARNING: PA EDITION

(The slice of cheese isn't ideal. Don't come at us.)

🧀🥩 WATCH = Be prepared! The ingredients are in place for hazardous weather to happen.

🍽️ WARNING = Take action! Hazardous weather has formed and is happening.

Learn more: weather.gov/safety

#PAWX #ReadyPA

Gov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Montgomery County Firefighter | Governor Tom Wolf
07/27/2021
Gov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Montgomery County Firefighter | Governor Tom Wolf

Gov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Montgomery County Firefighter | Governor Tom Wolf

Governor Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flag on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds in Montgomery County to fly at half-staff in honor of firefighter Thomas E. Royds of the Lower Merion Fire Department, who died Saturday, July 24, 2021. The commonwealth flag shall be lowered...

Do you have a home office or work space? Make sure you're fire safe while teleworking!Learn more: https://bit.ly/375UFA5...
07/27/2021

Do you have a home office or work space? Make sure you're fire safe while teleworking!

Learn more: https://bit.ly/375UFA5

#TestItTuesday #BeFireSafePA

Do you have a home office or work space? Make sure you're fire safe while teleworking!

Learn more: https://bit.ly/375UFA5

#TestItTuesday #BeFireSafePA

07/25/2021

Press release regarding the Line of Duty Death of Firefighter Tom Royds.

07/23/2021
First Responder Study | University of Maryland

The University of Maryland's National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (Start Consortium) is calling for participants in an ongoing study to monitor and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on public safety.

If you are a member of a first responder organization (law enforcement, emergency medical services, and/or fire department), and you were involved in your agency’s response to COVID-19, please take a moment to fill out this short survey. All responses will be anonymous and reported in ways that protect your identity and the identity of your organization.

All findings from this study will be shared with the first responder community to help inform their continued efforts in the face of COVID-19.

Take the survey:

First Responder Study | University of Maryland

07/23/2021
'You will always remember what you did in Miami': Pittsburgh firefighters honored for work at condo collapse
07/22/2021
'You will always remember what you did in Miami': Pittsburgh firefighters honored for work at condo collapse

'You will always remember what you did in Miami': Pittsburgh firefighters honored for work at condo collapse

For more than 10 days, Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Capt. Joseph Janosko and Lt. Joseph Garrison worked with everything from heavy machinery and shovels to garden trowels, spoons and their bare hands, holding out hope that they might find a survivor amidst the rubble of Champlain Towers. They arrived s...

07/21/2021

Planning to go camping and roast a few marshmallows? Campfires can get out of hand quickly. Here are some tips to prevent wildfires.

🔥 Make sure you are at a site that allows campfires.
🔥 Ensure there are no burn bans and it's not too windy.
🔥 Clear at least a 10-foot area around the pit down to the dirt, removing anything that could catch on fire.
🔥 Keep a bucket of water and shovel nearby.
🔥 Pour water or sand on campfires and stir to make sure the fire is completely out. Never leave burning, hot, or smoldering campfires.

Learn more from Smokey Bear: https://bit.ly/3BqN4Km

#BeFireSafePA

📢 NEW AOTR PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTThe Pennsylvania State Fire Academy is offering a new Academy on the Road (AOTR) program:...
07/20/2021

📢 NEW AOTR PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy is offering a new Academy on the Road (AOTR) program: Leadership in Supervision.

This series presents fire and EMS supervisors with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to:
▪️ Effectively perform in the fire and EMS environment
▪️ Successfully transition into supervisory and leadership roles
▪️ Establish a conceptual foundation and framework for success in leadership roles by exploring creative, analytical, political, and critical thinking perspectives

Learn more and apply: https://bit.ly/2SVFEx2

📢 NEW AOTR PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy is offering a new Academy on the Road (AOTR) program: Leadership in Supervision.

This series presents fire and EMS supervisors with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to:
▪️ Effectively perform in the fire and EMS environment
▪️ Successfully transition into supervisory and leadership roles
▪️ Establish a conceptual foundation and framework for success in leadership roles by exploring creative, analytical, political, and critical thinking perspectives

Learn more and apply: https://bit.ly/2SVFEx2

Submit nominations for the OJP Bureau of Justice Assistance 2021 Medal of Valor by July 31, 2021!The award recognizes pu...
07/19/2021
Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor | Bureau of Justice Assistance

Submit nominations for the OJP Bureau of Justice Assistance 2021 Medal of Valor by July 31, 2021!

The award recognizes public safety officers for exceptional acts of service in firefighting, emergency services, and law enforcement.

Learn more. ⤵

#MedalOfValor

The Medal of Valor is awarded annually by the President to public safety officers who have shown exceptional courage in the effort to save or protect human life.

Congratulations to Robert C. “Herb” Nagle, 72, of Gallitzin! 👏 Herb was named the National American Legion and American ...
07/16/2021
Gallitzin firefighter hailed nationally

Congratulations to Robert C. “Herb” Nagle, 72, of Gallitzin! 👏 Herb was named the National American Legion and American Legion Pennsylvania Firefighter of the Year.

#PAproud #FeelGoodFriday

GALLITZIN— A local firefighter is being honored locally and nationally for his longevity and commitment to public service. Robert C. “Herb” Nagle, 72, of Gallitzin was named the National American Legion and American Legion Pennsylvania Firefighter of the Year. “I’m very humbled to receive ...

Congratulations to these 3️⃣ members of Colonial Park Fire Co. #1 for completing the Exterior Firefighting training modu...
07/16/2021

Congratulations to these 3️⃣ members of Colonial Park Fire Co. #1 for completing the Exterior Firefighting training module! 👏

This week, three members of the Southside Firehouse successfully completed Exterior Firefighter module of training at HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College Shumaker Public Safety Center. The Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego stopped by as well to say hello.

Congratulations on completing module three Tyshawn Greenhowe, Chase Byers, and Brayden Paul!

DID YOU KNOW? Pets and wild animals have a part in starting about 750 home fires per year. These involve cooking equipme...
07/15/2021

DID YOU KNOW? Pets and wild animals have a part in starting about 750 home fires per year. These involve cooking equipment, fireplaces and chimneys, space heaters, lamps, bulbs, wiring, and candles.

SAFETY TIPS:
🚫 Keep pets away from stoves, candles, lamps, and space heaters.
🕯️ Consider battery-operated, flameless candles.
🔥 Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place.
🔌 Watch pets to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional.
🚨 Include pets in your emergency plans and have working smoke alarms.

Learn more from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): bit.ly/2UN1yDM

#PetFireSafetyDay #BeFireSafePA

DID YOU KNOW? Pets and wild animals have a part in starting about 750 home fires per year. These involve cooking equipment, fireplaces and chimneys, space heaters, lamps, bulbs, wiring, and candles.

SAFETY TIPS:
🚫 Keep pets away from stoves, candles, lamps, and space heaters.
🕯️ Consider battery-operated, flameless candles.
🔥 Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place.
🔌 Watch pets to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional.
🚨 Include pets in your emergency plans and have working smoke alarms.

Learn more from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): bit.ly/2UN1yDM

#PetFireSafetyDay #BeFireSafePA

07/13/2021

Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.

Working smoke alarms save lives. Test your smoke alarms once a month by pushing the test button.

Learn more: BeFireSafePA.com

#TestItTuesday #BeFireSafePA

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