Emergency Services

Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC)

Pennsylvania is the birthplace of the volunteer fire service in North America. The Commonwealth has the largest number of fire departments (2,400) in the nation, and is a national leader in the number of career and paid personnel providing emergency services.

The Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner is the official charged with meeting the diverse training, operational, and informational needs of the Commonwealth’s fire and emergency service community. The Commissioner, who is appointed by the Governor, oversees the development and operation of Pennsylvania’s emergency service training program, the Volunteer Loan Assistance Program (VLAP) that provides low-interest loans to volunteer fire and emergency services organizations, and the state’s fire safety education program. In addition, the Commissioner is responsible for the development of a comprehensive fire incident reporting system.

Visit the OSFC website for more information about the Participating Department Recognition Program