Warren, Policy Committee examine emergency services

YARDLEY, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on emergency services issues at the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Station 80.

Warren was joined by state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed the drastic need for volunteers and the importance of state programs that provide vital funding assistance to local emergency services.

“Today’s hearing highlights how important state funding for our first responders is and the need to bolster recruitment and support for our volunteers who protect us daily across the commonwealth,” Warren said. “Many fire stations in Pennsylvania rely on some, if not entirely, volunteer firefighters. It is vital to the public’s safety that we help these departments attract, train and retain more volunteers to end our current shortage.”

The committee heard testimony from, Dylan Ferguson, director of Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Evan Resnikoff, president, Newtown Ambulance Squad; Larry Newman, president, Yardley-Makefield Fire Co.; and Glenn Forsyth, fire chief, Newtown Township Emergency Services Department.

Testimony, photos and video from today’s hearing will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.

The meeting was one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which includes putting people first with good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and a fair economy. Those interested can visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA.