Senate VAEP Committee Approves Civil Air Patrol & Statewide Radio Measures

 

Today, the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee approved a measure that would codify the Civil Air Patrol into state law and another measure urging counties and local law enforcement to cooperate with the State Police on the Statewide Radio System.   

House Bill 204, sponsored by Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-5), would codify the Civil Air Patrol’s state operations into Title 51 – the Military Affairs Code – under the leadership of the Adjutant General.

“The Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, often flies under the radar with its mission, which is to assist Pennsylvania’s emergency responders with search and rescue, disaster relief support, homeland security, emergency transport services, and communications support,” said Sen. Vulakovich.  “This legislation will help solidify their role in state government.”

Senate Resolution 237, sponsored by Senator Bob Mensch (R-24), urges counties and local law enforcement, public safety and emergency services to work with the State Police to explore and execute shared services arrangements in relation to the new P-25 Statewide Radio System roll-out. 

“Having spent 27 years in law enforcement, I know how imperative it is for our first responders to communicate in emergencies,” said. Sen. Vulakovich.  “While there have been several misfires on the Statewide Radio System over the past several decades, the State Police are making solid progress with the new P-25 Pilot Program and this resolution simply encourages further collaboration at the state and local levels.”

HB 204 and SR 237 now go to the full Senate for consideration.

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Contact: Nate Silcox (717) 787-6538 >nsilcox@pasen.gov