CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County recently joined about half a dozen other counties in Pennsylvania that have created a Department of Emergency Services.
The county's emergency communications system, emergency management agency and hazardous materials offices are now under one director, according to Jerry Flasher, the new director of emergency services.
"I want to applaud Franklin County for what I consider a quantum leap in emergency management," said Joe Daugherty, director of the Central Area Office of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
The creation of the department on April 2 resulted in some shuffling of chairs. Flasher, a 19-year county employee, moved up to the full-time director's position from his previous post as communications director. Bryan Stevenson, a veteran 911 dispatcher, replaced him as communications coordinator and Hazardous Materials Coordinator Dennis Monn became the Emergency Management Agency coordinator.