Thursday, February 17, 2011

Full Leaves for PEMA

Allegheny County's Emergency Management Chief is resigning to take a state job. Bob Full has been named as Chief Deputy Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg. PEMA's new director is Glenn Cannon who is the former head of the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department and former Allegheny County Manager.
Full worked for 23 years in the city's Public Safety Department before becoming the county's emergency services chief in 1998..
Council President Rich Fitzgerald thanked Full for his work...... "I have appreciated his expertise in emergency response, which he acquired from over 30 years as a firefighter and over 20 years as a public safety professional. Because of him, the County rebounded from many emergencies and improved the infrastructure of our emergency response protocols. He helped make the County a safer place, and I am glad he’ll share his knowledge and inimitable experiences at the state level."

Council Member Jim Burn said Full's skills within the field are unmatched...."His resume is replete with evidence of his capabilities and the esteem of his peers: thirty-plus years of experience as a volunteer firefighter, 23 years of experience with the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety, tenure as a former President of the PA State Association of Hazardous Material Technicians, Chairmanship of the Regional All Government Joint Terrorism Task Force, and innumerable other achievements speak volumes about his dedication to protecting the public’s safety."

County Executive Dan Onorato says he will appoint an interim Emergency Services Chief while a search for a permanent replacement is conducted.

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