Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. Below is a biography of our Senior Professional and company founder.
Arthur D. Kaplan, CEM
Our Senior Professional, Arthur D. Kaplan retired as the Emergency Management Coordinator in Schuylkill County, after 23 years of service. The office he administered was responsible for the Emergency Preparedness and Response Program, including Training, Exercises, Planning and Response for all Natural and Technological Hazards that could affect the Schuylkill County. He managed the Emergency Operations Center through numerous predicaments including major ice/snow storms, tornadoes and flooding situations. Under his direction, the office was instrumental in bringing back millions of dollars of assistance during 9 Federal Disaster Declarations in Schuylkill County. In addition, Art was in charge of the county-wide communications system for the first five years of his career in Schuylkill County Government and instrumental in bringing enhanced 911 services to fruition. He was the Chairman of the East Central PA Counter-terrorism Task Force, representing seven counties including Berks, Columbia, Luzerne, Northumberland, Montour, Schuylkill and Wyoming since it’s inception in 1999. Art was also a member of the Pennsylvania’s Intrastate Mutual Aid Committee, created with 2009 legislation for a state-wide system and will remain active in Pennsylvania TransCAER, as Chairman of that state-wide committee.
He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, and has completed courses in the fire science program at the University of Maryland.
He was the 281 person certified in the United States by the International Association of Emergency Managers as a Certified Emergency Manager. He also holds state and national certification as an Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Dispatcher, Firefighter I & II, Fire Officer I, and Fire Service Instructor I & II.
Other positions include over 30 years as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician. Before taking on the role of County Coordinator, Art was the Frackville Borough Emergency Management Coordinator for five years. Mr. Kaplan is a local level instructor for the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PFA), and has worked for Lehigh Carbon Community College, Bucks County Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College Luzerne County Community College, and Reading Area Community College specializing in Incident Management and Hazardous Materials courses. In addition, Mr. Kaplan is an Adjunct Instructor for the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy Homeland Security Program and evaluates Firefighter I & II as well as Hazardous Materials Certification. He also Instructs in the Criminal Justice Program for the McCann School of Business and Technology.
Mr. Kaplan is active in both statewide and national organizations, and is the Eastern Regional President and Chair of the Legislative committee for the Keystone Emergency Management Association, a member of the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council and Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute. A He is a former member of the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Schuylkill and East Northumberland County, the Schuylkill County YMCA, and the Hazleton-ST. Joseph Medical Center Advisory Board. Mr. Kaplan is on the Advisory Board of the Homeland Security Institute of the University of Scranton and the Frackville Learning Center. Art was also a member of the Schuylkill County Common Pleas Court Security Committee.
Additional organization memberships include the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, The National Emergency Number Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fire Protection Association, and the American Society of Professional Emergency Planners, the National Volunteer Fire Council, National Safety Council, National Emergency Number Association, Keystone Chapter of Fire Service Instructors.
Major advancements include updating the communications system with additional radio frequencies, towers and base stations, and new microwave connecting the system county-wide. He was involved in the implementation of the current enhanced 911 system. He helped design the Schuylkill County ‘Office of Public Safety Building’ which is home to the 911 Center and the Emergency Management Agency since 1993.
Art served as Chair of an Oversight Committee for the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association raising $1,500,000 in a 1999 Capital Campaign, where he currently is a delegate and previously served as president.
Kaplan is active in the East Central and South Central Task Force’s Incident Management Teams, he is trained as an Incident Commander, Liaison, and Safety Officer.
Art continues to Practice, Train and Exercise with these entities to further his capabilities.