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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, Acting 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. 

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