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Bill Yant named Murrysville 2018 Volunteer of the Year

Patrick Varine
| Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, 9:42 p.m.
Above, from the left, Bill Yant is recognized as Murrysville’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year by Mayor Regis Synan on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review
Above, from the left, Bill Yant is recognized as Murrysville’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year by Mayor Regis Synan on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.

Emergency management has come a long way since 1979, when Bill Yant of Murrysville got a call asking if he would help put together the municipality’s emergency management plan.

“Today, we have a rescue unit in Murrysville Medic One with maybe one of the best-equipped dive teams in the eastern U.S.,” Yant said. “We now have the only certified, trained and equipped shelter group in western Pennsylvania, which can set up anywhere. We have trailers with equipment to put 100 people down in beds, with folks to help feed them.”

Yant was recognized Wednesday evening by Murrysville council as its 2018 Volunteer of the Year.

Yant’s tenure with Murrysville Medic One — 46 years — even pre-dates the organization’s name. He has been a Murrysville volunteer firefighter for 43 years, served on the Murrysville Planning Commission for 18 years and also spent a term on Murrysville council in the early 1990s.

That time and experience has given Yant confidence, as he retires from his position as emergency management coordinator, that the municipality’s first response plans are in good hands.

“In about 15 minutes, we can set up a full operations center in this room,” he said while gesturing to the Murrysville council chambers where he received his award. “It’s a unified effort by everyone.”

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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