Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner

Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner OSFC is responsible for addressing the diverse training, operational, and informational needs of the commonwealth's fire and emergency services.

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Mission: The goal of the State Fire Commissioner’s Office is to develop a robust, customer-focused support system for these agencies that includes superior training, innovation in both policy and finance, aggressive community education, and free and technological-sound flows of information. Specific objectives support and clearly define this broad goal.

Operating as usual

09/11/2020
Pennsylvania Department of Health

Watch for COVID-19 updates from Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine and a message from State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego about first responder heroism on September 11, 2001, and invisible wounds impacting first responders today.

Secretary of Health to Provide Update on COVID-19

We are offering free online courses designed to provide mental wellness resources for fire, rescue, and EMS personnel ac...
09/10/2020

We are offering free online courses designed to provide mental wellness resources for fire, rescue, and EMS personnel across Pennsylvania.

1️⃣ Being a First Responder During a Global Pandemic
2️⃣ Had a Bad Call
3️⃣ How to Better Support Your Fellow First Responders
4️⃣ Capturing the Load

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3jRkr0h

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay

09/10/2020
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

💕 Get Help 🌈
If you are having thoughts of suicide, you are not alone — no matter how much pain you may feel.

If you are about to act on these feelings, please call 911.

🔹 Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline '1-800-273-TALK (8255)'
🔹 Resources: pa.gov/mental-health
🔹 Take a mental health screening: bit.ly/3k2sMNT
🔹 Find a mental health provider: psychologytoday.com/us


🗣 Help Someone Else 🤝
A lot of times, if someone gets the help they need, they will never be suicidal again.

🔹 Always take disclosures about suicide seriously
🔹 Encourage the person to seek help
🔹 Offer to help them get support
🔹 Encourage them to communicate with you
🔹 Don't promise to keep it a secret
🔹 If you can, temporarily remove dangerous items

⚠️Suicide Warning Signs 🚨
🔹 Talking about suicide
🔹 Talking about being a burden
🔹 Talking about feeling worthless
🔹 Giving away prized possessions
🔹 Increased alcohol/drug use

☀️ People Do Get Through This 👨‍👩‍👧
Meet Pennsylvanians who survived: preventsuicidepa.org/stories

You don't have to carry it all alone.☎️ Call the Fire/EMS Helpline: 1-888-731-FIRE (3473)🔗 Help prevent suicide; learn a...
09/08/2020

You don't have to carry it all alone.

☎️ Call the Fire/EMS Helpline: 1-888-731-FIRE (3473)
🔗 Help prevent suicide; learn about the helpline: nvfc.org/fireems-helpline/

#SuicidePreventionMonth

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
09/07/2020

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Happy Labor Day, Pennsylvania! 🛠🇺🇸

Have a safe Labor Day weekend, PA!
09/04/2020

Have a safe Labor Day weekend, PA!

Enjoy a safe Labor Day weekend, PA!

09/01/2020
PennLive.com

PennLive.com

State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego joins us today to discuss the stress of being a firefighter, rescue or emergency medical responder during these difficult times.

Get your respectful comments and questions ready for today's discussion.

It's National Preparedness Month!Remember: Disasters don't wait. Make your plan today.#PreparedInPA #NPM
09/01/2020

It's National Preparedness Month!

Remember: Disasters don't wait. Make your plan today.

#PreparedInPA #NPM

Today begins National Preparedness Month! 📅 With everything that has happened this year, there’s no better time to make sure you and your loved ones are prepared for emergencies.

👉 Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today!

Learn more: ready.gov/September

#PreparedInPA #NPM

If you're spending more time at home, that likely means you're using electronics more often. Take the time to make sure ...
08/28/2020

If you're spending more time at home, that likely means you're using electronics more often. Take the time to make sure you don't have any electrical hazards.

Remember to regularly inspect electrical cords and extension cords for damage. 🔌

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/2CMuzGP

#BeFireSafePA

PA Emergency Management Agency
08/27/2020

PA Emergency Management Agency

The potential for severe storms in PA is greatest today (8/27/20) in comparison to the past and next few days.

There's a potential for wind, hail, tornadoes, and flooding this afternoon and evening, including:

🌬️ Wind gusts > 75 mph
⚪️ Hail > 2 inches

Be alert and stay safe! Have at least 2️⃣ ways to get weather warnings and be prepared for strong winds.

#PAWX

The Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner regrets to inform you of the passing of David Closs from the Avis...
08/25/2020
David G. Closs, Sr. Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information

The Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner regrets to inform you of the passing of David Closs from the Avis Fire Company #1 of Avis, PA, Clinton County.

Firefighter Closs passed away on August 23, 2020, after suffering a medical emergency at the scene of a structure fire on August 17.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on August 28, 2020.

Please join us in expressing our condolences to his family, his fire department family and all those who knew him.

Share Memories & Support the Family.

Do you know your fire escape routes at work and home? 🔥 Learn and practice them today!Learn more: befiresafepa.com#TestI...
08/25/2020

Do you know your fire escape routes at work and home? 🔥 Learn and practice them today!

Learn more: befiresafepa.com

#TestItTuesday #BeFireSafePA

08/24/2020
Work From Home Fire Safety Tip

Today's work from home fire safety tip: Unplug appliances when not in use to save energy and minimize the risk of shock or fire.

#BeFireSafePA

If you're working from home or spending more time at home, make sure you check for electrical hazards to prevent fires.T...
08/21/2020

If you're working from home or spending more time at home, make sure you check for electrical hazards to prevent fires.

Today's tip: Avoid overloading outlets. 🔌🔌🚫

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/2CMuzGP

PA Emergency Management Agency
08/20/2020

PA Emergency Management Agency

It's National Radio Day! 🎙 Did you know there are amateur (ham) radio operators in PA who donate their services during natural disasters or emergencies? They provide communication for fire, police, and other agencies that need assistance.

Thank you for all you do!

Learn about the PA Auxiliary Communications Program: bit.ly/2Qd1asE

"I'm a volunteer, because I love to help people out in the communities," Tyler Youngkin said. "I like to hang out with t...
08/19/2020
Team Tyler: Special Olympian Leads Lehigh Valley in Virtual Challenge

"I'm a volunteer, because I love to help people out in the communities," Tyler Youngkin said. "I like to hang out with the fire guys and have my full gear to go on all the calls."

Be like Tyler!

Hecktown Volunteer Fire Co. #1

Tyler Youngkin is one of nine captains in a virtual Special Olympics PA competition.

Don't press your luck. PUSH THE BUTTON! 👆Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives, so test yours today.Learn ...
08/18/2020

Don't press your luck. PUSH THE BUTTON! 👆

Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives, so test yours today.

Learn more about fire safety ➡️ BeFireSafePA.com

#TestItTuesday #BeFireSafePA

We love seeing young Pennsylvanians find their passion and move up in the ranks as firefighters. Congrats, Mark, for adv...
08/18/2020
New Kensington junior firefighter advances in ranks with plans to go pro

We love seeing young Pennsylvanians find their passion and move up in the ranks as firefighters. Congrats, Mark, for advancing from a junior firefighter to a full member at New Kensington Fire Department Company 2! 👏

Thank you for your continued dedication to the safety of your community.

#PAVolunteerFirefighters

Mark Jackson had just finished talking about his plans to become a professional firefighter on Friday when an alert on his phone went off, telling him there was a fire just down the street from his station, New Kensington Fire Department Company 2. A heartbeat later, the deafening siren went

“We want to lower it,” Trego said of the first responder suicide count.Traditionally, first responders were not expected...
08/17/2020
Emotional pain | News, Sports, Jobs - Altoona Mirror

“We want to lower it,” Trego said of the first responder suicide count.

Traditionally, first responders were not expected to show vulnerability, Trego said. But the familiar admonition, “Suck it up, kid, that’s part of the job,” must disappear, he said.

“We all have feelings,” he said. “We can no longer fall prey to the stigma.”

Learn more about the stress that PA first responders may experience and resources available to help. ⤵️

#ReachOutPA #MentalHealthMatters

Thirty years ago, when current AMED Executive Director Gary Watters was at a house fire, a member of the fire department handed him a baby. “(The baby) lite

REMINDER: Today (Friday, August 14, 2020) at 4:00 PM is the deadline to register for the COVID-19 Fire, Rescue, and EMS ...
08/14/2020

REMINDER: Today (Friday, August 14, 2020) at 4:00 PM is the deadline to register for the COVID-19 Fire, Rescue, and EMS Grant.

APPLY NOW ➡️ https://bit.ly/33vwt9F

📢 The COVID-19 Fire, Rescue, and EMS Grant registration deadline has been extended to August 14, 2020, at 4:00 PM.

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/33vwt9F

PA Emergency Management Agency
08/14/2020

PA Emergency Management Agency

We can carry COVID-19 without having symptoms. Wearing a cloth mask adds another layer of protection to keep us from passing COVID-19 to others. 😷

Remember: My mask protects you. Your mask protects me.

When we wear a mask, we’re telling those around us that we care about protecting their health.

U.S. Fire Administration
08/13/2020
U.S. Fire Administration

U.S. Fire Administration

As many communities approach the end of the summer season and deliberate whether to open schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to ensure that students and staff remain protected during a fire or an emergency.

📢 New information for COVID-19 Fire, Rescue, and EMS Grant registrants has been posted online.REMINDER: The deadline to ...
08/13/2020

📢 New information for COVID-19 Fire, Rescue, and EMS Grant registrants has been posted online.

REMINDER: The deadline to register for the grant is tomorrow, Friday, August 14, 2020.

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/COVID19-Fire-Grant

Electrical wiring damaged by water is a fire hazard. 🌧 Keep your home safe from an electrical fire by having a licensed ...
08/12/2020

Electrical wiring damaged by water is a fire hazard. 🌧 Keep your home safe from an electrical fire by having a licensed electrician check wiring after a flood.

#BeFireSafePA

After a flood, keep your home safe from an electrical fire. Have a qualified repair company or licensed electrician inspect water-damaged appliances and home wiring.

Practice your home fire escape plan together!#BeFireSafePA
08/07/2020

Practice your home fire escape plan together!

#BeFireSafePA

💬 Chat with your kids about your family emergency plan. And if you don't have a plan, work on it together!

Learn more ➡️ ready.pa.gov/BePrepared/MakeaPlan

#ReadyPA

“More and more of our first responders are affected by the invisible wounds of traumatic experiences they have been thro...
08/07/2020
Wolf rolls out new mental wellness resources

“More and more of our first responders are affected by the invisible wounds of traumatic experiences they have been through as part of their jobs,” said State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego.

“Some time ago, many in our profession were hesitant to seek professional help to achieve mental wellness for a variety of reasons. We now know the potentially devastating effects of this hesitation... As a result of these circumstances and initiatives, our office wants to provide access to training and other important resources to achieve mental wellness, especially amid a global pandemic.”

Learn more. ⤵️ #ReachOutPA #MentalHealthMatters

State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego today announced the launch of several new online resources designed to provide mental wellness resources for fire, rescue and emergency medical services personnel across the

📢 The COVID-19 Fire, Rescue, and EMS Grant registration deadline has been extended to August 14, 2020, at 4:00 PM.Learn ...
08/05/2020

📢 The COVID-19 Fire, Rescue, and EMS Grant registration deadline has been extended to August 14, 2020, at 4:00 PM.

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/33vwt9F

PA Emergency Management Agency
08/04/2020

PA Emergency Management Agency

⚠️ Be alert for dangerous weather as Tropical Storm Isaias moves northeast along the East Coast. The impacts from the storm are expected to be stronger in the eastern half of Pennsylvania, particularly in the southeast corner of the state.

According to the National Weather Service, rain will start overnight tonight (8/3/20), with the heaviest rain, flash flooding and strong winds expected throughout the day on Tuesday (8/4/20). Minor to moderate river flooding could last into Wednesday (8/5/20). Little-to-no impact from the storm is expected across western Pennsylvania.

Be prepared and stay safe:
📻 Have multiple ways to get weather alerts
🗺️ Plan where you would need to go if you needed to leave your home
🏠 Plan how you could host loved ones and keep everyone healthy
😷 Update your emergency kit with COVID-specific supplies like masks and hand sanitizer

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/33ibUxA

Along with having a home emergency kit, make sure you also talk with your family about emergency plans.Discuss where you...
08/03/2020

Along with having a home emergency kit, make sure you also talk with your family about emergency plans.

Discuss where you will meet after an emergency situation and how you will communicate during and after the event.

Areas of the commonwealth, especially eastern PA, may experience Tropical Storm Isaias impacts early this week, including heavy rain, flash flooding, and wind gusts.

Be prepared for a potential power outage by making sure your home emergency kits are stocked with essential items.

A home emergency kit should contain:
🥫 Non-perishable food
🥤 Bottled water
💊 Medications
🔦🔋 Flashlight with spare batteries
🩹 First aid kit
🍼 Any specialized items such as baby supplies or pet food
😷 Extra masks

Learn more: https://bit.ly/30nwdaX

US National Weather Service State College PA
08/02/2020

US National Weather Service State College PA

7:00AM 8/2/2020

Thunderstorms capable of producing localized wind damage are possible today in Eastern PA and the Lower Susquehanna Valley. 🌩 Keep an eye to the sky today for afternoon and evening storms.

Pennsylvania Department of Health
07/31/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Show your community that you care 💟:

➡️ wear a mask 😷 when you leave home 🏠
➡️ stay 6 feet away from others not in your household 👨——————👩🏻

Thank you, first responders.Today State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego joined Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Departme...
07/30/2020

Thank you, first responders.

Today State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego joined Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine at Lancaster EMS to share heartfelt thanks for everything emergency responders do in PA, especially right now.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2XbvGqF

07/30/2020
Governor Tom Wolf

Governor Tom Wolf

We’re at the Millersville branch of Lancaster EMS to talk about the vital role frontline emergency workers play in our health care and emergency response systems.

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