Brookville Seeks New Emergency Management Coordinator

7:19:16 steve hoakBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — Brookville Borough is looking for a new Emergency Management Coordinator.

Current director Steve Hoak tendered his resignation Tuesday night at the council meeting, effective after a new person is in place and up to speed with the responsibilities.

The council approved the request with regret but understanding as Hoak’s responsibilities have increased after taking over the Fire Chief position and with work.

The position is not paid.

Hoak said he had been in contact with a few people that may be interested in it, but the borough said they were hoping to get a replacement as soon as possible.

“I don’t have the time to adequately handle the overall job,” Hoak said.

Hoak explained that there is some training that is required, but the main job is being the coordinator in a disaster situation.

“It’s not a response-level type of position, but there are some things that need to be done and stay on top of,” Hoak said.

Anyone interested in the position should contact the borough. There is no requirement to live in the borough, though.

Hoak also reported that he made the decision to have Brookville Volunteer Fire Company be automatically dispatched to 911 calls involving cardiac arrests and those of a similar nature.

“We have many EMTs in our department and some are training to be paramedics so we are able to handle those situations if the ambulance service can’t get there,” Hoak said. “A few years ago, we responded to a call of a man in cardiac arrest and we were able to save him and he is still alive today.

“If we save just one person, it’s worth it for us to be on that call list.”

Hoak’s monthly report for BVFC showed 19 calls in October, including six for vehicle accidents, two each for carbon monoxide, outside fire, fire alarm and gas leak and one structure fire.

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