STATE FIRE ACADEMY
George Stapleton was promoted as the State Fire Academy Training Services Administrator in December 2012.
George began his fire and emergency services training career in 1984 as a Fire Training Coordinator in Cumberland County (PA), and then served seven years (1988 - 1995) as the Fire training Coordinator and Director at Harrisburg Area Community College’s (HACC) Public Safety Training Center. The last three years (1995 - 1998) at HACC, he served as the Executive Director of all non-credit public safety training (police, fire, emergency medical, healthcare).
Following HACC he worked two years (1998 - 2001) at the state level for the University of Maryland’s Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) as the Manager of Special Programs. In 2001 he returned to Pennsylvania and spent two years as a Training Manager for a health and safety consulting company in Mechanicsburg (PA).
After leaving the private sector, he was employed in various positions from 2007 - 2010 within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) in Harrisburg (PA). Starting in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) as a Watch Officer, then transferring to an Emergency Management Specialist position responsible as the State Search and Rescue (ESF #9) Coordinator, and finally as a Emergency Management Supervisor serving in the position as Division Chief of Logistics.
In 2010, George joined the Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) as the OSFC Administrative Officer (chief of staff) to the State Fire Commissioner before moving to the State Fire Academy. George holds a Bachelors Degree in Fire Protection Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, has 18 credits towards his Master’s degree in Public Administration, is a nationally certified Fire Instructor III, Firefighter II and Hazardous Materials Operations. He has been an accredited PA State Fire Academy Local-Level Instructor since 1986.
George has served as 2nd Vice President of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) and two terms as President of the Keystone Chapter of Fire Service Instructors. He has been certified as an Emergency Medical Technician in both Pennsylvania and Kentucky, has been a career and paid-on-call firefighter in Saudi Arabia and Kentucky, and a volunteer firefighter and chief officer numerous times in Pennsylvania. He joined the Pennsylvania Fire Service as a junior firefighter in 1975 and is currently an active firefighter and former volunteer chief officer with the Citizens Fire Company #1 (Station 36) in Cumberland County.