SENATE RESOLUTION 60 What is it? What does it mean to Pennsylvania’s Fire and EMS
…establish a special Bipartisan legislative Commission to develop legislation to provide direct and indirect assistance for the purpose of improving the delivery of emergency services in this Commonwealth. SENATE RESOLUTION 60
1. Emergency Services are being tasked to provide more services with very limited resources 2. Common issues now include: - Personnel to respond - Funding - Recruitment - Conflicts regarding service delivery
1. Need Exists to develop a cost effective method to provide these services. 2. Reviewed 25+ reports (laundry lists with minimal action statements) 3. Bi-partisan, legislative, leadership group, proposing solutions to major challenges posed via comprehensive, implementable suggestions to our legislative leadership. 1. Need Exists to develop a cost effective method to provide these services. 2. Reviewed 25+ reports (laundry lists with minimal action statements) 3. Bi-partisan, legislative, leadership group, proposing solutions to major challenges posed via comprehensive, implementable suggestions to our legislative leadership.
Commission Membership: SENATE RESOLUTION 60 Chair – Dr. William F. Jenaway, King of Prussia VFC Vice Chair – Rep. Tim Solobay, Washington County Chief Don Konkle, Harrisburg FDChief Bill Rehr, Reading FD Chief Vince Difillipo, Radnor VFCChief Ron Oettel, Lititz VFC Sen. Sean Logan, Allegheny CountySen. Richard Kasunic Rep. Stan SaylorRep. Larry Sather Rep. Tom Tigue Sen. Mike Waugh, (York Co.) – Chief John Senft, York FD PA County Commissioners Association – Erick Coolidge PA League of Cities and Municipalities – Roland R. Mertz PA Association of Township Supervisors – Deborah Kulick PA Association of Township Commissioners - Jim Hertzler PA Association of Boroughs - Helen Jackson PA State Fire Commissioner - Ed Mann PA Professional Firefighters Association - Dave Eckman PFESI – Tom Savage FASP – Ernie Rojahn WPFA – Alan Jenkins Fireman’s Legislative Federation of PA, Fred McCutcheon PEHSC – Kathleen Hogan Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania – Ed Heltman
The issues and concerns: 1. Financing 2. People (Recruitment & Retention 3. Legislative/Political 4. Service Delivery Model SENATE RESOLUTION 60
POLICY Redefine Local Government Responsibility for Fire/EMS
ADMINISTRATIVE Establish Service Delivery Model for Fire/EMS Act 84 Restructuring Act 45 Restructuring VLAP Restructuring Volunteer Fire Service/ Volunteer EMS Grant Program EMS Commissioner
OPERATIONS financing Include For-profit EMS In grant Program Local Tax Rate Modified to 3 mils EMS Direct Reimbursement State Fire/EMS Purchasing Contracts Public Safety Service Fee Authorize Authorities and Districts for Fire/EMS Billing Services
OPERATIONS benefits Education Tuition Credit Health Care Access Establish/permit A Service Longevity System Business Tax Credit Reimburse municipalities for career staff training Personal Tax Credit for Volunteers Permissible Benefit Spending Program
OPERATIONS administrative Regional Consultants To Fire/EMS Agencies Mutual Aid Agreement Model Eliminate un-necessary administrative reporting and fees.
Senate Resolution 60 Municipal Fire/EMS Decision Factors PUBLIC ENTITY IS STANDARD RESPONSE COVER DECISION MAKER STANDARD RESPONSE COVER FIRE/EMS MASTER PLAN SIMILAR TO EMER MGMT PLAN Risk Assessment Match Resources to Risk Response Mutual Aid Staffing Regionalized Resources Inventory of Assets Funding
Senate Resolution 60 Philosophy/Priorities What we create/suggest has to integrate within a system involving Multiple forms of government Small Community Large Community Assure an ability to pay, and not change the responsibility of local government rural suburban Fire/Rescue/EMS State Control Points: -authority to operate -distribution of funds -legislation for incentives -regionalization MunicipalOther Independent Non-profit Municipal Directed TBD -district -authority suburban urban