Bruce Trego, Acting Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner, has worked in multiple roles at the OSFC since
2002, the most recent being Administrator of the PA State Fire Academy in
Lewistown. He previously served as Assistant Administrator, Incident Management
Team Program Manager, and Homeland Security Training Coordinator.
His affiliation with the PA State Fire Academy began in
1980 when he became a Local Level Instructor and an Adjunct Instructor... in
1993. He has been involved in the fire service for over 40 years and has served
as Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant Chief in the Lewistown Fire
The Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) is
charged with meeting the diverse training, operational, and informational needs
of the Commonwealth’s fire and emergency services community. The Commissioner
oversees the development and operation of Pennsylvania’s emergency service
training program which includes both traditional fire training as well as
alternative energy emergency training; the Volunteer Loan Assistance Program
(VLAP) that provides low-interest loans to volunteer fire and emergency service
organizations; the Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant program
(FCEMSGP) that provides grants for volunteer and career fire, ambulance and
rescue companies; and the state’s fire safety education program.
In addition, the Commissioner is responsible for the
development of a comprehensive fire incident reporting system. The goal of the
State Fire Commissioner’s Office is to develop a robust, customer-focused
support system for these agencies that includes superior training, innovation
in policy and finance, aggressive community education, and free and
technologically-sound flows of information.
Central to the Commissioner’s duties is the
cultivation of a close working relationship with Pennsylvania’s 2,400 fire
departments and their personnel. The Commissioner and his staff function as
support and resource personnel for these agencies in dealing with issues such
as volunteer recruitment and retention, firefighter safety, intervention
programs dealing with juvenile fire-setters, and community safety education.