Steve was a First Responder, in Dover, then became an EMT with Harrisburg River Rescue. In 1985, he expanded his public service and became a Police Officer with the Hampden Township Police Department where he earned top marksman for the municipal class at the State Police Academy in Hershey. He became nationally certified as a Crime Prevention Specialist and a Community Policing Specialist, and a state inspection mechanic. In 1994 Steve was awarded the Community Policing Unit of the Year for the State of Pennsylvania, having designed and implemented the first mobile office to have computer communications to run criminal histories from the vehicle. Steve was also trained as a Field Training Officer, in Computer Forensics and Critical Incident Stress Management.
Steve is a life member of the FOP Lodge 76, a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lowther Manor #781 Masonic Lodge, and the West Shore Elks for over 30 years.
Steve is an accomplished ball room dancer (16 years) and upon retirement, became a certified BBQ judge for Kansas City BBQ Society, and sometimes cooks competitively.
Steve lives in Cumberland County with his wife Randi, and the two of them are often seen dancing when the whim hits them.
Steve joined the Cumberland County LEPC in 2014 and has served as the Committee Chair for the past 7 years.
Taylor is a community-focused and public servant leader. Graduate from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Public Administration. Master’s Degree in Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness from Millersville University.
Taylor holds numerous professional certifications with the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications. Taylor is also nationally certified Hazardous Materials and WMD Technician He has been an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) since 1999. He has also completed his PEMA Basic Local Level Emergency Management requirements and the FEMA Professional Development series.
Taylor has served as the Vice-Chairman of our LEPC for the past four years. He has been an active appointed member of the committee since 2015. Taylor has enjoyed working with Steve and eating all his amazing BBQ. :)
Secretary James Brandt, EOC
James developed an interest in public safety early on when his grandfather took him to Citizens Fire Co. in Mt. Holly Springs. With support from his mother and grandparents, he joined the department as a junior firefighter at age 12.
However, after a few years, he left PA to pursue other experiences.
James relocated back to the area and his passion for public safety re-emerged. He joined Union Fire Co. in Carlisle serving actively as FF/Lieutenant/Captain for many years. He accepted a 911 Dispatcher position with Cumberland County DPS in 2002. In 2013, he was awarded the 911 star of life, and was featured in an article in the Journal Dispatch Magazine for providing successful CPR instructions for a teenager in sudden cardiac arrest. Jim briefly became the Public Safety Administrative Assistant, and now currently holds the Emergency Management Admin. Coordinator position which encompasses the LEPC Secretary/ Support responsibilities.
Jim’s qualifications include numerous 911 and first responder certifications, successful completion of PEMA’s Local Emergency Management Program (basic, advanced, professional), Computer Aided Management of Emergency Operations( CAMEO), and FEMA’s professional development series.
He is embracing his new position by placing emphasis on SARA Title III ( EPCRA) Compliance to secure funding for the Hazmat Program, ensuring accurate data entry of chemicals, site maps, emergency contacts for facilities, and supporting the overall LEPC Mission.
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