N. Irwin names emergency management coordinator
North Irwin officials appointed one of their volunteer firefighter lieutenants as the borough's emergency management coordinator.
Council unanimously named Mark Haradzin to the position at this month's regular meeting.
Haradzin, 49, also serves as a treasurer of the fire department, a paramedic, and was the Penn Township emergency management coordinator during the 1980s.
“I think he's literally the best candidate that we could have,” council president Kim Macalus said. “I was looking at him because his experience and organization skills will bring a good service to the borough in the event of a disaster. You have to have a cool head about you, and his experience as a paramedic will give us that.”
“He's very familiar with the emergency management process and public safety,” said Councilman and fire Chief Ron Rodgers. “Plus the guy's just a very dedicated person. Anytime he gets into something, he gives you 110 percent. His level of desire and motivation is there. I know that he is an honorary member (of the fire department) which means he's been there for at least 20 years.”
Haradzin is tasked with creating a borough emergency management plan, and knowing who is either physically disabled or on oxygen in town, among other responsibilities.
“They had talked to me and asked me if I'd be interested, and I said, ‘I'd give it a shot,'” Haradzin said. “I started downloading some plans and looking at some plans as to what I needed to do up here. Having the fire side experience and experience on the EMS side, I kind of know what both sides got to go through to get what they need to get accomplished. It will make inter-agency cooperation a lot better and a lot easier.”
He was the only person to apply for the position.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or email@example.com.
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