County, PEMA Partner For New Training Position At DES

Lucinda Weakland awarded new Operations and Training position at DES

Potter County Department of Emergency Services (DES) is stepping up its support of fire departments, ambulance services and other responders across the county. Through a partnership with the Pa. Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), the Potter County Commissioners have hired Lucinda Weakland of Harrison Valley to fill the new position of operations and training coordinator for DES. Half of her salary will be paid by PEMA.

Weakland, who for several years has served as executive secretary for the commissioners, was chosen from among six finalists who were interviewed by the commissioners, DES Director John Hetrick and Emergency Management Coordinator Glenn Dunn. She has experience in project management with Hewlett Packard and a strong background in using technology to improve communications and efficiency.

A job description developed by PEMA and the commissioners details more than 15 responsibilities for the operations and training coordinator, including working with about two dozen emergency service organizations to determine their needs and schedule training sessions to support them. The commissioners said they hope the new position will assist emergency service organizations who face growing challenges in recruiting and retaining volunteers.

Article courtesy of the Potter County Commissioners.


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