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New emergency administrator starts next month
GARY P. KLINGER Record Express Correspondent
, Staff Writer
The newly-formed Warwick Emergency Services Commission has hired its first full-time paid director.
Lawrence S. Schultz will assume his new role at the helm of WESC Oct. 21 at a starting salary of $65,000. This commission grew out of the former Warwick Emergency Services Alliance, or WESA.
The hiring of Shultz was announced to Warwick Township supervisors at their Sept. 18 meeting.
Over the past two years, the group has been working with all member organizations and municipalities to rewrite its charter and locate a full-time director. Shultz, with over 30 years of experience in the emergency services field, is equipped to hit the ground running.
And that is a good thing considering the task at hand.
"The director will be required to perform a variety of administrative, technical, coordination and supervisory work related to the operation of WESC," stated Warwick Township Manager Dan Zimmerman. "The WESC director is primarily tasked with coordinating the effective delivery of emergency services among the four member fire companies and three ambulance associations. The director will act as a resource to the three municipalities and the member organizations by assisting with recruiting/retention of volunteers, organizing fund drive appeals, creating common standard operating and training procedures, assisting with emergency responses and performing other administrative functions as directed. He will also tasked with creating a long term strategy for the emergency services."
Shultz’s resume in fire and emergency management includes education and training. He has extensive service with the Washington, D.C. Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services. He also has a background in homeland security and has been a trainer in several states.
A group of representatives from all member organizations took part in the screening and selection process that lead to Shultz’s hiring. The response to ads for the position was strong, reduced to three finalists.
Participating organizations include Lititz Borough, Elizabeth Township, Warwick Township, Lititz Volunteer Fire Company, Rothsville Volunteer Fire Company, Brickerville Volunteer Fire Company, Brunnerville Volunteer Fire Company, Brickerville VFC Ambulance, Rothsville VFC Ambulance and Warwick Community Ambulance.
To start, the director will have an office at the Warwick Township municipal building, however it is the intent of the director to incorporate his time between all emergency service organizations.
Asked why Shultz was ultimately the lead candidate for the position, Zimmerman explained.
"His extensive background and experience in all aspects of emergency services, including administration and education," said Zimmerman. "Our ultimate goal is to help our local the emergency services organizations remain viable and vibrant as they face all the same logistical challenges volunteers face throughout our area and across the country."
In addition, Zimmerman pointed out that WESC is in need of a citizen’s representative to serve on the commission. If anyone is interested, call the township office at 626-8900.
"This person will serve a 12 month term, one citizen representative will serve on a rotating basis from municipalities involved (for example, Elizabeth Twp. rep will serve 12 months, then Lititz Borough rep for 12 months, etc.)," Zimmerman explained.
In other township news, Zimmerman noted that a deadline is fast approaching when the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department (NLCRPD) will know if several other local municipalities will be seeking to contract for police service with NLCRPD. East Cocalico Township, Denver Borough and Adamstown Borough have all held meetings to discuss their option for police coverage in 2014 when their current police contracts run out. One such option has been for them to join NLCRPD.
"At this point we are waiting for more word," Zimmerman told supervisors. "If we do need to modify our charter to include these municipalities, then we would want to know in October so that we can act in November on the changes."
Supervisor David Kramer has been actively involved with the conversation.
"Each municipality is on a different deadline, but by the 15th we need word," he said.
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