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Pennsylvania's Fire Commissioner is the agency head, and is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.

The Office of the State Fire Commissioner works to meet the diverse training, operational, and informational needs of the commonwealth's fire and emergency service community.


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Thomas Cook, State Fire Commissioner

Thomas Cook has more than 36 years of experience in emergency services, and an extensive background in public and nonprofit administration — having served at the municipal, county, and state levels, with a primary focus on public safety and emergency management.

John 'J.C.' Tedorski, Deputy State Fire Commissioner

J.C. Tedorski heashotJohn "J.C." Tedorski has 39 years of experience in the fire service as a member of Arnold Volunteer Engine Company No. 2, having worked his way through the ranks from junior firefighter to assistant chief. 

In 2008, he was appointed city fire chief by city council, with oversight of two fire companies operating in the city.  He served in that role for 12 years. 

Harvey Boyer,
Fire Academy Administrator

Harvey Boyer headshotHarvey Boyer is an accomplished individual with an extensive career spanning more than 33 years in business management. Throughout his professional journey, he has garnered a deep understanding of key areas including customer service, marketing, human resources, and accounting. Leveraging his vast business experience, he has successfully transitioned his skills and knowledge into the field of emergency services.

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