Public hearing on the “Next Generation of Firefighters”

Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee

Monday, September 13, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

Somerset Volunteer Fire Department, Somerset County

340 W Union St, Somerset, PA 15501

Public hearing on the “Next Generation of Firefighters”


Call to Order

Opening Statements

Senator Pat Stefano, Chairman
Senator Katie Muth, Democrat Chair


10:30 a.m.      Tom Cook, State Fire Academy Administrator
Office of the State Fire Commissioner

11:00 a.m.    PA Fire & Emergency Services Institute

Jared Renshaw, Chief of Western Berks (Berks County) – Testimony
Nick Sohyda, Chief of Mt. Lebanon (Allegheny)
Ellen Yarborough, Deputy Chief, South Media Fire Co. 1 (Delaware) – Testimony

11:30 p.m.    Community College Association of Pennsylvania – Testimony

Dr. Tuesday Stanley, President
Westmoreland County Community College

Lisa Campbell, Dean of Workforce Development
Butler County Community College

Rick Hilinski, Assistant Director, Public Safety Institute
Community College of Allegheny County

12:00 p.m.    Career Fire

Tim Hileman, Secretary – Testimony
PA Career Fire Chiefs Association

JT Pennington, President
PA Professional Fire Fighters Association

Ralph Sicuro, President – Testimony
Pittsburgh Fire Fighters, IAFF Local No. 1

12:30 p.m.    Fire Chiefs Panel

Steve Goho, Deputy Chief – Testimony
Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Company (Cumberland)

Greg Porter, Chief
Etna Volunteer Fire Department (Allegheny)



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