Vulakovich named Fire Legislator of the Year

On November 18th, the Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute (PFESI) presented Senator Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) its “Legislator of the Year” Award.

“From his first day in the Senate, Senator Vulakovich has expressed his desire to improve Pennsylvania’s emergency services,” said Don Konkle, PFESI Executive Director.  “As Chairman of the Veteran Affairs and Emergency Services Committee, he has worked tirelessly to pass legislation to achieve these goals.  The Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute is honored to have the support of such a distinguished member.”

Senator Vulakovich is the prime sponsor of Senate Resolution 6, which established a bipartisan Commission to study our Fire & EMS System.  The Commission has until June 30, 2018, to make recommendations to the General Assembly to improve the delivery of emergency services in Pennsylvania.  While the Commission is conducting its review, the Chairmen of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committees have a 16-point agenda, including Senator Vulakovich’s legislation establishing a pilot program to create partnerships between community colleges and secondary schools to train students in fire & EMS.  The Senator has also helped lead the effort in the Senate to permit local governments to provide tax credits to their volunteer fire and EMS members; provide a process for allowing fire companies to hold boot drives; and cover all career firefighters under the Heart & Lung Act. 

“I am extremely grateful for this award,” said Sen. Vulakovich.  “I have great respect for the men and women who serve their communities as firefighters.  These men and women are jumping into harm’s way when everyone else is running away from fires.  They are truly heroes and I am honored to be recognized for the work we’re doing in the General Assembly for them.”

Pictured (from left to right) are State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay, State Senator Randy Vulakovich, Rep. Harry Readshaw and Don Konkle, PFESI Executive Director.

Contact:         Nate Silcox (717) 787-6538

                        Don Konkle (717) 236-5995

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