Public Safety & EMT

Public Safety Commission

Description of the Board

The Public Safety Commission is a twelve-member board comprised of at-large citizen volunteers, the Fire Chiefs of our volunteer fire departments, Chief of Police, Chief Executive Officer of Cetronia Ambulance Corps., Director of Emergency Management, and the Superintendent of the Parkland School District. They serve with no remuneration and are advisory to the Board of Commissioners.

The Public Safety Commission meets to discuss topics related to public safety that are brought by the members themselves, residents, or referred to them by other boards. Land development plans that are under review by the Township are sent to the Public Safety Commission for their recommendations.

Generally, the members meet at 7:00 p.m., on the first Monday of each month. Anyone wishing to bring a public safety issue before the Board should contact our Fire Marshal, John Frantz, about a week before the meeting to have the matter placed on the agenda.

Currently, the membership includes:

  • Stuart T. Shmookler, Chairman
  • David M. Kennedy, At-Large Member
  • Michael Smith, At-Large Member
  • Thomas Yezerski, Vice Chairman
  • John Christman, Police Chief
  • Russel J. Held, Jr., Woodlawn Fire Chief
  • Matt Bertsch, Greenawalds Fire Chief
  • Jeff Johnson, Tri-Clover Fire Chief
  • Jeff Kelly, Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Jay Heicklen, Cetronia Fire Chief
  • Chris Peischl, Cetronia Ambulance Director of Operations
  • David Kennedy, Parkland School District

If you’d like to submit an application to volunteer for this Board, click here to download a Volunteer Board Member Application.

2017 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public.
This Board meets at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting Dates

  • January 9
  • February 6
  • March 6
  • April 3
  • May 1
  • June 5
  • July 3
  • August 7
  • September 11
  • October 2
  • November 6
  • December 4

Emergency Management Team

Description of the Board

The Office of Emergency Management Services reports to the South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners through the Township Manager and provides assistance to South Whitehall Township staff (Administrative, Police, Fire and Public Works). It develops and maintains comprehensive disaster preparedness and assistance plans and programs that address relevant hazards. These plans are culminated in the Township’s Emergency Operating Plan, which outlines how the Township coordinates with other local, county, state and federal agencies in the event of an emergency, ranging from a hazardous material spill to a natural disaster to a terrorist incident. In the event of a disaster, the overall responsibility for decision-making within South Whitehall Township rests with the Board of Commissioners. The Board of Commissioners may declare a local emergency upon finding a disaster has occurred or is imminent. When a local emergency is declared, the Office of Emergency Management along with Township personnel and representatives from the township emergency first responder organizations operate an Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the management of community-wide resources (police, public works, fire, EMS, food, shelters, Parkland school district, etc.) with various local, county, state and federal agencies to appropriately respond to an emergency event. The protection of health, safety and welfare of our residents is paramount.

The following are examples of EOC staff activities:

  • Requesting mutual aid resources
  • Locating requested resources and directing them to the proper place
  • Managing a wide-scale evacuation
  • Establishing shelters and coordinating social services
  • Coordinating Communications with the community
  • Transmitting information over the Emergency Alert System
  • Resolving policy issues

The Office of Emergency Management has compiled public safety information to assist its citizens in the education, preparedness and readiness for an emergency situation.

The members of the Team include:

  • Jeff Kelly, Coordinator
  • Howard Kutzler, Township Manager and Public Information Officer
  • Jeff Clapper, Public Works Deputy
  • Jerry Harbison, Township Representative
  • Jim Balliet, Deputy Coordinator
  • John Christman, Police/Security Deputy and Deputy Coordinator
  • Lenore Horos, Resources/Supplies Deputy
  • Lori Seirer, Mass Care Deputy, Parkland School District
  • Chris Peischl, Medical/Mortuary Deputy & Cetronia Ambulance Representative
  • Chris Kelly, Communications Officer & Deputy Coordinator
  • Sandi Herman, Planning Deputy
  • Nina Johnson, American Red Cross
  • Matt Bertsch, Greenawalds Fire Chief
  • Russel Held, Jr., Woodlawn Fire Chief
  • Jay Heicklen, Cetronia Fire Chief
  • Jeff Johnson, Tri-Clover Fire Chief
  • John Frantz, Fire Inspector
  • David Keppel, Parkland School District
  • Anthony Naradko, Parkland School District
  • David Bond, Deputy Coordinator
  • Jerry Charvala, Public Utilities, Water/Sewer
  • Peter Pineda, South Whitehall Township Authority
  • Luis Perez, Dorney Park Patrol Chief

2017 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public.
This Board meets at 7:00 p.m. at the Joint Operations Center Building at 4300 Broadway

Meeting Dates

  • March 9
  • June 8
  • September 14
  • December 14