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Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention

In 2011, the committee hosted a forum on volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention. In conjunction with that event, the committee also developed a number of "Best Practices in Recruitment and Retention" tools and made them available to forum attendees as well as legislators in the area.

The tools are designed to help educate municipal officials, volunteer fire departments, and the public about the situation facing volunteer fire departments in the region and how the declining enrollment can be mitigated.

They are as follows:

Best Practices pamphlet

Guide to Best Practices in volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention

Volunteer Fire Departments in Pennsylvania PowerPoint presentation

Community Resilience

In March 2014, the committee met to identify a potential topic for 2014 and beyond. After reviewing several options, the committee determined that community resilience provided the best opportunity to make meaningful change in the region.

In September 2014, Anita Chandra of RAND spoke at the Institute's Elected Officials Retreat about the community resilience model she helped to develop for the county of Los Angeles. Notes on her presentation can be found here.

Given the recent grant award received by the City of Pittsburgh to implement a chief resilience officer, the committee will continue to evaluate its role in developing a community resilience model in the region.


Emergency Resource Guide for municipalities

Emergency Resource Guide update pages


The Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee is cochaired by Senator Randy Vulakovich and Renny Clark, Chancellor's office, University of Pittsburgh.

Our committees are carefully crafted to be balanced and represent a variety of stakeholders. However, we occassionally have spots availabe for members in certain sectors who may be underrepresented on the committee. Please contact Briana Mihok by email at or by phone at 412-624-1837 if you are interested in serving as a member.


The committee's next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20th. Please click below to register. If you are not yet a member, please contact Briana Mihok at first before registering.

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