Senator Mensch Holds 3rd Community Safety Conference

Harrisburg – Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) held his 3rd Community Safety Conference on Thursday, April 3rd from 6pm to 9pm at the Friendship Hook & Ladder Fire Company in Boyertown, PA. The conference is the third in a series of Community Safety Conferences held by Senator Mensch.

Cosmo Servidio, Southeast Regional Director for the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Rex Miller, Southeast Regional Environmental Emergency Response Manager for the PA DEP, and Ed Mann, Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner, participated as guest speakers.  The panel informed attendees on the Emergency Response Program. The objective of the panel was to inform guests of the Commonwealth’s various support services available to respond to incidents such as fires, chemical spills and other emergencies involving public safety and environmentally damaging materials.

“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 issues that arise when safety is compromised.  I truly appreciated having Cosmo Servidio, Rex Miller, and Commissioner Ed Mann here to share their valuable knowledge.”

About the speakers:

Cosmo Servidio was appointed Director of DEP’s Southeast Regional Office in April 2012.  He brought solid experience in both the public and private sectors to the Regional Director position.  In the private sector, he developed an impressive track record in strategic planning, business development, and project management as Vice President at Willis North America and as Partner at State Street Partners, LLC.  His public service began in 1994 when he served as an aide to Gov. Christie Whitman.  From there, he went to the Meadowlands Commission, as Chief of Staff.  Cosmo continued his public career as Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and in 2005 began a four-year appointment as Chief of Staff to the EPA Region 2 Commissioner.  Cosmo is a 1993 graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV.  He lives in Buckingham, Bucks County, with His wife and two children.

Rex Miller is the Emergency Response Program Manager for DEP’s Southeast Region, a position he has held since 2007.  Prior to that time, Rex served as assistant Emergency Response Manager and Specialist, and member of the region’s Emergency Response Team.  DEP’s emergency response program has a team of specially trained staff on round-the-clock standby to respond to pollution incidents and environmental emergencies when there is an immediate threat to public health, safety or the environment.  Rex directs these activities while providing technical advice on emergency coordination and training matters, as well as support to state and federal agencies, regional counter terrorism task forces and local first responders.  Rex also worked with the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Program, starting his career with the department as a Water Quality specialist in 1988.  Rex is a Penn State graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management.

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 officials, municipal managers, county executives, directors of county emergency services, sheriffs and police chiefs, road masters/public works directors, and rescue squad chiefs within the newly reapportioned 24th Senatorial District. This event was not open to the public.

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