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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The OSFC is responsible for addressing the training, operational and informational needs of the commonwealth's fire and emergency services community. The State Fire Commissioner oversees the development and operation of the State Fire Academy, the Volunteer Loan Assistance Program (VLAP), the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, the Pennsylvania Fire Information Reporting System; an alternative energy curriculum, a variety of public education/information programs and the administration of the Firefighters' Memorial Flag Program. The State Fire Academy in Lewistown is the catalyst for the delivery of training and certification to the commonwealth's fire and emergency response community. The Local Level Training, a unique system involving the academy, community colleges, and county and local training facilities and organizations, provides a comprehensive curriculum of basic and mid-level fire, rescue, hazardous material, officer development and fire department management courses deliverable to firefighters through county and local fire departments. If you are looking for more information about the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner, please visit http://www.osfc.pa.gov/.

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Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
02/14/2021

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)

Yep. There's more winter weather on the way. ❄ Check 511pa.com for updated travel info during this latest event. #PAWinter

Pennsylvania Turnpike, PA Emergency Management Agency, PA State Police, Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association

U.S. Fire Administration
02/13/2021

U.S. Fire Administration

Keep children and pets at least 3 feet from your space heater.

Space heaters are a burn and fire risk, so use them safely.

February is American Heart Month ❤ The U.S. Fire Administration annual report on firefighter fatalities in 2019 found th...
02/12/2021
February is for hearts: focus on your cardiovascular health

February is American Heart Month ❤ The U.S. Fire Administration annual report on firefighter fatalities in 2019 found that the leading cause of fatal injury was stress or overexertion, a general category that includes all firefighter deaths that are cardiac or cerebrovascular in nature, such as heart attacks and strokes. Learn more 👇

Guidelines for fire departments to help prevent firefighter heart attacks.

GRANT INFO:  As a reminder, the deadline for Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is Friday, February 12 at 5 PM (Eas...
02/10/2021
Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program | FEMA.gov

GRANT INFO: As a reminder, the deadline for Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is Friday, February 12 at 5 PM (Eastern).

This round of grants, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will provide $319.5 million to help fire departments, state fire training academies, and non-affiliated EMS organizations fund three activity areas: Operations and Safety; Vehicle Acquisition; and Regional Projects.

Applicants will have to meet a local match requirement of 5%, 10% or 15% based on the population size of the jurisdiction served.

Learn more below:

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📣 UPDATE: New guidance on the COVID-19 Crisis Fire, Rescue, and EMS Grant is now available on the OSFC website. The Fina...
02/08/2021

📣 UPDATE: New guidance on the COVID-19 Crisis Fire, Rescue, and EMS Grant is now available on the OSFC website. The Final Report Form and all required documentation is due on July 31, 2021.
Learn more: https://bit.ly/3a1rvok

02/08/2021

Prevent burns and scalds in the kitchen by turning pan and pot handles toward the back of the stove. 🍳

Bumping or pulling on overhanging handles can spill food or liquids and cause burns.

#BurnAwarenessWeek #NBAW #BeFireSafePA

It's #SuperBowl Sunday, and it's also the first day of National Burn Awareness Week.Burn injuries continue to be one of ...
02/07/2021

It's #SuperBowl Sunday, and it's also the first day of National Burn Awareness Week.

Burn injuries continue to be one of the leading causes of accidental death and injury in the U.S. Almost one-third of all burn injuries occur in children under the age of 15.

When getting ready for the big game today, make sure little ones understand the “kid-free zone” of at least 3⃣ feet around the stove and areas where hot food is prepared or carried.

Learn more: befiresafepa.com

#BurnAwarenessWeek #NBAW #BeFireSafePA

🏈 Fire Safety Touchdown Tip: Keep anything that can catch fire (oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or ...
02/06/2021

🏈 Fire Safety Touchdown Tip: Keep anything that can catch fire (oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains) away from your stove top.

Learn more: befiresafepa.com

#SuperBowl #BeFireSafePA

Please join the Office of State Fire Commissioner in observing Nation Burn Awareness week, running from February 7th thr...
02/05/2021
Office of the State Fire Commissioner Details

Please join the Office of State Fire Commissioner in observing Nation Burn Awareness week, running from February 7th through February 13th.

“Children are especially vulnerable to the dangers of burns,” said State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego. “We know that those under the age of five are nearly twice as likely as the general population to experience a serious burn injury bad enough to require emergency treatment. Upwards of 400,000 a year are treated for burns at medical facilities, while fire and smoke inhalation kills nearly 3,700 people.”

Read the press release and get some helpful safety tips by following the link!. 🚨🚨🚨

Harrisburg, PA – State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego is encouraging Pennsylvanians to learn more about burn hazards, and how to avoid injury in observance of National Burn Awareness Week, running from February 7th through February 13th.

Even if you’re not excited about watching the #SuperBowl, you might be excited about the food! 🏈Cooking fires are the nu...
02/05/2021

Even if you’re not excited about watching the #SuperBowl, you might be excited about the food! 🏈

Cooking fires are the number 1⃣ cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

Today’s tip as you gear up for safe Super Bowl cooking:
🍳 Stand by your pan! If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.

Learn more: befiresafepa.com. #BeFireSafePA

Gov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor York County Firefighter
02/04/2021
Gov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor York County Firefighter

Gov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor York County Firefighter

Gov. Wolf ordered the commonwealth flag on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds in York County to fly at half-staff in honor of Edward Bookmyer, Chief Engineer of the Craley Fire Department, who died in the line of duty on Saturday, January 30, 2021.

Ready
02/03/2021

Ready

Very cold temperatures are expected across the country this week. Follow these fire safety tips to keep your house warm:

✅ Plug heaters directly into wall outlets
✅ Place heaters 3 ft. away from other items
✅ Never use an oven to heat your home

More: ready.gov/winter-weather

02/02/2021

One of the most common #COVID19 symptoms has reaffirmed the need for working smoke alarms in every home: loss of sense of smell.

Over the last several months, there have been unfortunate stories of people not being able to smell smoke in their home.

Working smoke alarms save lives, so test yours today! Smoke alarms not only provide an early warning of a fire, but if you are suffering from loss of smell, it may be the only warning you can depend upon.

#TestItTuesday #BeFireSafePA

02/02/2021
Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner

A safety message so important that it's worth repeating! ⤵

With snow in the forecast today, remember that seconds count in an emergency. ⏱️ Help protect your loved ones and neighbors by clearing snow and ice around fire hydrants.

#BeFireSafePA #PAWinter

The Office of the State Fire Commissioner regrets to inform you of the passing of Edward Bookmyer, Chief Engineer of the...
02/02/2021
York County firefighter dies in line of duty after medical emergency

The Office of the State Fire Commissioner regrets to inform you of the passing of Edward Bookmyer, Chief Engineer of the Craley Fire Department, York County, on January 30, 2021.

Engineer Bookmyer suffered a medical emergency immediately after responding to a call on January 24, 2021, and was transported to the hospital for care.

For information on services, please go here: http://legcy.co/3ayrTcP

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

A York County firefighter passed away Saturday, days after experiencing a medical emergency, according to the Crawley Fire Department.

02/01/2021

With snow in the forecast today, remember that seconds count in an emergency. ⏱️ Help protect your loved ones and neighbors by clearing snow and ice around fire hydrants.

#BeFireSafePA #PAWinter

PA Emergency Management Agency
02/01/2021

PA Emergency Management Agency

🌨️ PA WEATHER UPDATE 2/1/21

Pennsylvania got a solid 3-6 inches of snowfall from Phase 1 of this storm.

Now we've entered Phase 2:
❄️ Expect heavy snow banding today (2-3 inches/hour) east of US-15 and north of I-76
🌬️ Expect blowing snow with winds NE/N 10-20 mph and gusts up to 35 mph

Snow tapers on Tuesday (2/2/21).

STAY SAFE: If you don't need to be on the roads, stay home and let crews do their work. 🚫🚗

If travel is essential, take your time, have an emergency kit in your car, and get real-time road and plow info from http://511pa.com.

#PAWX #PAWinter

Be fire safe indoors during this snow storm! 🌨️Learn more about winter fire safety: www.befiresafepa.com#BeFireSafePA
01/31/2021

Be fire safe indoors during this snow storm! 🌨️

Learn more about winter fire safety: www.befiresafepa.com

#BeFireSafePA

PA Emergency Management Agency
01/31/2021

PA Emergency Management Agency

Be prepared for the upcoming winter storm.

❄️ Sign up for PA weather alerts ➡️ bit.ly/Alert-PA
❄️ Get real-time road and traffic conditions ➡️ 511pa.com

#ReadyPA #PAWX #PAWinter

Did you know that OSFC offers free online courses that provide mental wellness resources for fire, rescue, and EMS perso...
01/28/2021

Did you know that OSFC offers free online courses that provide mental wellness resources for fire, rescue, and EMS personnel across PA? What you learn could help save a life.

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 and access the courses ➡️ https://bit.ly/3jRkr0h

#ReachOutPA #MentalHealthMatters

01/27/2021
U.S. Fire Administration

IMPORTANT REMINDER as the end of the week gets chilly!

#BeFireSafePA

Using your oven to heat your home is a fire and burn risk.

Ovens are not designed to be used in that way and can cause it to malfunction and start a fire.

Do you know your fire escape route at work and home?Learn it. Test it.Learn more about fire safety: befiresafepa.com#Tes...
01/26/2021

Do you know your fire escape route at work and home?

Learn it. Test it.

Learn more about fire safety: befiresafepa.com

#TestItTuesday #BeFireSafePA

📢 OSFC GRANT REMINDERThe 2020-2021 Fire Company Emergency Medical Service Grant Program (FCEMSGP) application period end...
01/25/2021

📢 OSFC GRANT REMINDER

The 2020-2021 Fire Company Emergency Medical Service Grant Program (FCEMSGP) application period ends TODAY, January, 25, 2021, at 4:00 PM.

Learn more and apply for FCEMSGP ➡️ https://bit.ly/FCEMSGP20-21

📢 OSFC GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT

The 2020-2021 Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program (FCEMSGP) application period is OPEN TODAY, December 11, 2020, through January 25, 2021.

Learn more and apply for FCEMSGP ➡️ https://bit.ly/FCEMSGP20-21

PA Emergency Management Agency
01/25/2021

PA Emergency Management Agency

#PAWX Update 1/25/21: Wintry mix arrives late today and lasts into Tuesday night.

🌨️ Expect limited accumulation, but enough to make for some slick travel on untreated roadways.

🧊 Some icing in southwestern PA mountains may cause sporadic downed limbs/power outages.

Stay alert and be safe! Get weather alerts in multiple ways:
📱 Follow your trusted local weather source
⚠️ Sign up for PA weather alerts: http://bit.ly/Alert-PA
🚗 Get roadway and plow info: http://511pa.com

#PAWinter

PA Emergency Management Agency
01/22/2021

PA Emergency Management Agency

📢 #PAWX Update (1/22/21): Northwestern PA, stay alert for accumulating lake effect snow through tonight. ❄️

Snow showers, snow squalls, and strong wind gusts are possible in other areas of the commonwealth during the day today. 🌬️

Stay safe in #PAwinter weather: http://bit.ly/2QdaLlz

Take 1️⃣ minute to learn about carbon monoxide with WPSU's Health Minute.
01/21/2021
Health Minute: Carbon Monoxide

Take 1️⃣ minute to learn about carbon monoxide with WPSU's Health Minute.

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas that’s produced when fuel is

📢 FEMA FIRE GRANTS ANNOUNCEMENTThe fiscal year 2020 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant application period will open on Mon...
01/21/2021
Fire Prevention & Safety Documents | FEMA.gov

📢 FEMA FIRE GRANTS ANNOUNCEMENT

The fiscal year 2020 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant application period will open on Monday, January 25, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. and will close on Friday, February 26, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.

You can start planning your FY 2020 FP&S grant application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity and application guidance materials.

If you have questions about the guidance materials, contact the Fire Grants Help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the email address is [email protected]

Learn more: http://bit.ly/3bZaBb7

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Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that’s often called "the silent killer.” It can harm victims before t...
01/20/2021

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that’s often called "the silent killer.” It can harm victims before they’re aware they’ve been exposed, which is why it's so important to have CO detectors in your home.

If you lose power, take note of this important CO safety information. ⤵️

Learn more: http://bit.ly/3bVMCJM

#COtheSilentKiller #BeFireSafePA

PA Emergency Management Agency

When was the last time you tested your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors? 🤔 🚨 Working smoke alarms save lives.L...
01/19/2021

When was the last time you tested your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors? 🤔

🚨 Working smoke alarms save lives.

Learn more: www.befiresafepa.com

#TestItTuesday #BeFireSafePA

👨🏼‍🚒👩🏾‍🚒 IN THE NEWS: Emergency crews, including Diligence Fire Company No.1 of Summit Hill, PA, recued a doe that fell ...
01/19/2021
Deer rescued after fall through ice | Times News Online

👨🏼‍🚒👩🏾‍🚒 IN THE NEWS: Emergency crews, including Diligence Fire Company No.1 of Summit Hill, PA, recued a doe that fell through ice on Saturday. What an amazing joint effort!

#PAproud

Emergency crews rescued a full-size doe that fell through the ice Saturday near Boat Launch B at Mauch Chunk Lake. A combined effort by about 15 people managed to get the deer to shore safely. David H...

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
01/18/2021

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Pennsylvania!

#MLKDay

U.S. Fire Administration
01/15/2021

U.S. Fire Administration

Carbon monoxide is deadly! It is colorless, odorless, and otherwise undetectable through our senses.

Protect yourself and your family; install a carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home.

#WinterFireSafety

🗓️ December, January, and February are the most common months for heating fires.There are several things homeowners can ...
01/14/2021
Be Fire Safe PA

🗓️ December, January, and February are the most common months for heating fires.

There are several things homeowners can do to ensure their heating systems are well maintained and safe to use:

✅ Regularly replace furnace filters
✅ Keep areas around your furnace, vents, and exhaust lines free of clutter and combustible material
✅ If you notice any issues with your home heating system, contact a professional immediately

Learn more: befiresafepa.com. #BeFireSafePA

The Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) provides important year-round and seasonal fire prevention information to help Pennsylvanians stay safe and healthy.

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