Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee Senator Doug Mastriano, Chair

Public hearing to consider SB 698, Countywide Public Safety Authorities

Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.

Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department | Fayette County
905 Fireman St, Connellsville, PA 15425


Public hearing to consider SB 698, Countywide Public Safety Authorities 


Call to Order

Opening Statements

  • Senator Pat Stefano, Chairman
  • Senator Katie Muth, Democrat Chair


1:00 p.m. Intro Panel 

  • Jerry Ozog, Innovation Subcommittee Member, SR 6 Commission – Testimony
  • Kevin Boozel, President, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (Butler County) – Testimony
  • Senator Lisa Baker, Co-Prime Sponsor
  • Senator Tim Kearney, Co-Prime Sponsor – Testimony

1:35 p.m. Local Government Panel

  • Scott Dunn, Commissioner, Fayette County – Testimony
  • Joel Landis, Director, Somerset County Emergency Management
  • Andrew Boni, 1st Vice President, PA State Association of Township Supervisors (Perry Township) – Testimony
  • Michael J. Witherel, Solicitor – Testdimony
  • Gary Watters, Executive Director, Altoona-Logan Township Mobile Medical Emergency Department Authority
  • Jennie Shade, Director of Government Relations, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association

2:10 p.m. Fire Panel

  • Steve Bair, President of the Board of Directors – Testimony
    Jerry Brant, Board Member – Testimony
    Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute
  • Jim Carstater, Co-Chair, Legislative & Law Committee, Firefighters Association State of Pennsylvania – Testimony
  • Eldon Mickel, Past President, Central District Volunteer Fireman’s Association – Testimony
  • Jay Delaney, President, Pennsylvania Career Chiefs Association – Testimony
  • JT Pennington, President, Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association

2:45 p.m. EMS Panel

  • Dylan Ferguson, Director, PA Department of Health Bureau of EMS
  • Don DeReamus, Legislative Director – Testimony
    Heather Sharrar, Executive Director, Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania
  • JR Henry, Past President
    Janette Swade, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council – Testimony
    J.R. Henry, Executive Director/Chief, Valley Ambulance Authority
  • Jessica Sorge, Executive Director & EMS Chief, Hollidaysburg American Legion Ambulance Service – Testimony

Statements for the Record

  • Pennsylvania Municipal League
  • Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners
  • Chief Bob Haddad, Windber Fire Company No. 1 /Northern EMS/Cambria County S.E.R.

Closing Statements


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