An administration takes notice....and moves forward.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A special task force charged with finding
new ways to fund fire and emergency services companies and improve
their services was created Thursday under an executive order signed
by Gov. Mark S. Schweiker.
The panel is expected to report its recommendations to the state
Legislature by Sept. 30.
"This task force, with plenty of front-line input, will play a
key role in putting together this report and getting needed dollars
to our first responders," Schweiker said.
While some communities provide money for volunteer fire and
ambulance companies through special taxes or fees, small, rural
towns typically do not, according to the Pennsylvania Fire and
Emergency Services Institute.
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director David Smith
will lead the task force, which will include representatives from
organizations representing firefighters and ambulance personnel, as
well as key state agencies.
As part of a package of budget bills Schweiker signed in June,
the administration is also scheduling a Nov. 5 referendum on
whether the state should borrow up to $100 million to create a
program that would improve volunteer fire and emergency services.
(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press
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08-29-2002, 10:41 PM #1
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08-30-2002, 02:28 PM #2
The only problem we have with this proposal is that the Governor is a lame duck who will be replaced in January after the Nov 5 election. There is no guarantee that his successor will follow through with either of the programs.
The fire service in PA has had many promises broken before. We recently had a grant program that was first watered down and then killed after only one year.
We can only hope and pray that these programs won't meet the same fate.Steve Dragon
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