911 Staff Honored For Life-Savings Efforts

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission recognized three staff members from the Lackawanna County Emergency Services Center for their recent role in assisting local law enforcement officials in saving the life of a young teenager by encouraging the person to return safely to the deck of the Clarks Summit Freedom Bridge.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, John Hoban and Valima Joseph, 911 staff; Brain Gray, 911 Supervisor; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Todd Leiss, Traffic Incident Management Coordinator/Traffic Engineering and Operations for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission; and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

Snow Storm/Blizzard Reimbursement Program

A special meeting for all elected officials, staff and administrators from area townships, boroughs, municipalities, cities and school districts will be conducted by the Lackawanna County Commissioners on Wednesday, March 22, at 6 PM in the Conference Room at the 911 Emergency Services Center, Valley View Drive, Jessup, to outline the process for securing reimbursement for the cleanup related to the recent snow storm/blizzard.

“It is critical for our elected officials or a staff member to attend this program.  In touring the County, I have witnessed how hard we were hit by the storm.  Securing State and Federal money is important for both your bottom-line and general operations,” said Commissioner Board Chairman Patrick M. O’Malley.

County and Emergency Management Agency (EMA) officials will outline the criteria for securing the necessary funding for the cleanup and related costs associated with the work that had to be done to resume normal operations after the storm.

The timeline for the process, eligible and non-eligible costs, the forms to be prepared, and other pertinent information will be outlined at the meeting.

It is important that all of the townships, municipalities, districts and hospitals maintain all paperwork and receipts for the highest amount over a 48 hour period for equipment, fuel, overtime, contractors and any other expenses involved in cleaning up from the storm.  The material will be vital for completing the required forms.

The threshold for Lackawanna County to secure reimbursement for storm cleanup is $740,000.  If this level is met, all parties who submit the paperwork/application would be eligible to receive $.75 on the dollar.

There is a 30-day window for submitting the paperwork for possible reimbursement.

Heroes Day Event To Honor Public Safety Personnel

911 dispatchers, Police officers, firefighters, military personnel, sheriffs, EMS workers and other “blue” officials are truly “everyday heroes” in both our community and nationwide.

According to Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings, this year’s sixth annual Heroes Day is set for Saturday, September 24, from 11 am to 2 pm at the County’s 911 Center, Valley View Drive, Jessup.

At the event, safety, disaster, and SWAT equipment from throughout the County will be on display along with booths for residents to pick-up literature that they can utilize when the need arises.

The day will include free refreshments, giveaways, tours of the 911 Center, and children’s activities.  The event is being sponsored by the Commissioners, District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Emergency Services, the Lackawanna-Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, Conxx, SkyPacket Networks, and Purosky & Tuckerman.

Jeff Thomas, a prevention specialist in the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, will discuss the opioid epidemic at 12:30 PM in the center’s media room.

Canines and the Mounted Unit from the County’s Sheriff’s Department and the public safety units of area municipalities will be at the event.

Valuable information on County services and the programs offered by area community and social agencies will also be available.

Several antique emergency vehicles will also be a part of the program.

The following organizations, along with their equipment, will be in attendance:  Tanker 15 from Elmhurst/Roaring Brook, Command 93 from Old Forge, Throop Rescue 27, the Smoke House from Wilson Fire Company, Dunmore Ladder 6, Engine 58 from Jermyn, Decon Team, Commonwealth Health Ambulance, Pennsylvania Ambulance and Cottage Ambulance.

The County’s DARE Program and SWAT Team will be on site along with the 911 Mobile Command Post and EMA vehicles, COLTS, the Bookmobile, and the following County Departments: Voter Registration, Parks & Recreation, Veterans Affairs, Community Relations, Drug & Alcohol Office, Highway Safety Program, the IT Department’s Wireless initiative, Environmental Sustainability Office, Area Agency on Aging, and the Coroner’s Office.

The Pennsylvania National Guard, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, Scranton Police Department and Civil Air Patrol will also be at the event.

The Penn State Extension will have displays featuring the Master Gardeners and 4-H programs along with its mini golf course.

For further information, contact Gerard Hetman, the County’s Community Relations Coordinator, at 570-963-6743, ext. 1872.