Mensch Holds Community Safety Conference

Harrisburg – Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) held his first Community Safety Conference on Thursday, May 23rd from 6pm to 9pm at the Milford Township Building in Spinnerstown, PA.

Colonel Frank Noonan, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner and Ed Mann, Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner participated as guest speakers.  The panel informed attendees with the Commonwealth’s most up-to-date law enforcement and safety strategies to enhance our communities.  This conference afforded attendees the perfect opportunity to share their organization’s accomplishments, discuss new ideas and ask questions.

“Whether we are dealing with a hurricane, a house fire, or a burglary, we must constantly educate ourselves on new strategies and tools to help save lives and preserve safety to the highest level,” said Senator Mensch.  “These types of events allow various levels of our community to discuss, plan, and address the various issues that arise when safety is compromised.  I truly appreciated having Colonel Noonan and Commissioner Mann here to share their valuable knowledge.”

In addition to receiving updates on law enforcement and safety strategies, attendees were able to learn about crime prevention, accessing the Pennsylvania State Police, home burglary prevention, and emergency preparedness.  Colonel Noonan was nominated by Governor Corbett to serve as the 21st Commissioner in January of 2011.  As Commissioner, he exercises administrative, command and fiscal authority and responsibility over the Department.  He currently oversees a budget of over 876 million dollars and commands a statewide complement of over 6,000 enlisted and civilian employees, which includes over 4,400 State Police Troopers.

Ed Mann, the State Fire Commissioner, was reappointed by Governor Tom Corbett in February 2011.  As the fourth State Fire Commissioner of the Commonwealth, he has also served under Governors Mark Schweiker and Ed Rendell.  Commissioner Mann has an extensive background in emergency services.  Under his leadership, the Office of the State Fire Commissioner has received national awards from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the International Association of Fire Chief’s for his efforts to reduce line of duty deaths.  His message since the first day of his appointment as Fire Commissioner has been, “Be safe for your families’ sake.”

The guest list included: elected county and municipal officials, directors of county emergency services, sheriff and police departments, and first responders within the 24th Senatorial District.  This event was not open to the public.

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Sarah Stroman
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