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State Fire Commissioner's Biography


Edward A. Mann was reappointed as the State Fire Commissioner by Governor Tom Corbett in February 2011.  Commissioner Mann was appointed as the fourth State Fire Commissioner of the Commonwealth by Governor Tom Ridge in July 2000 and has served under Governors Mark Schweiker and Ed Rendell. 

Commissioner Mann has an extensive background in emergency services, starting with the Logan and Undine Fire Companies in Bellefonte, Centre County in 1977. After his retirement from the United States Air Force as a Fire Protection Specialist, he worked for Senators J. Doyle Corman and Jake Corman as an Executive Assistant in the 34th Senatorial District.

He has worked as a Local Level and Adjunct Instructor since 1987 and is currently certified as an Airport Firefighter, Fire Inspector 2, Fire Instructor 3, Fire Investigator 2, and Fire Officer 3 through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.

He is currently the Chief and Financial Secretary for the East Derry Fire Company in Mifflin County.  He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), where he served as a member of the Board of Directors to the Volunteer and Career Officers Section.  He is currently a member of the Volunteer and Career Officers and the Firefighter Safety Health and Survival Sections of the IAFC and is a member of the Eastern Division of the IAFC.  Ed also serves on the Advisory Committee to the IAFC Firefighter Near Miss Reporting Program and the Advisory Board for the Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST) Project at Drexel University.
Under Commissioner Mann's leadership the Office of the State Fire Commissioner has received national awards from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the International Association of Fire Chief's for his efforts to reduce line of duty deaths. His message since the first day of his appointment as Fire Commissioner has been “Be safe for your families' sake.”

Commissioner Mann also serves as the Honorary Chair of the Lehigh Valley Burn Foundations annual Spirit of Courage Award Program.