We are an ALL HAZARDS Task Force

Region 13’s Mission

Formalize regional mutual aid and intergovernmental agreements to respond to Weapons of Mass Destruction events, chemical emergencies and other man-made and natural disasters.

Establish an interoperable communications system within the region and Western PA for all emergency response agencies.

Develop a specialized equipment resource pool specific to WMD responses to be utilized throughout the region.

Ensure that specialized WMD training is available to all Emergency Services personnel and support agencies as necessary.

Apply, as a group, for grant funding for special acquisitions and project.

Foster positive networking for information, technical applications, law enforcement intelligence and incident prevention; and form solid relationships among all group members and participants.

Develop Regional Response and Intelligence Protocol and procedures.

Develop the ability to deliver highly trained and equipped teams of responders capable of minimizing the effects of a terrorist incident within the region.

Build on the group’s WMD preparedness and response to system that provides the region an enhanced ability to more effectively and efficiently respond and mitigate other man-made and natural disasters.


The Inaugural meeting was held on November 9, 1998, at the Allegheny County Emergency Management Office Coordinators from 12 counties and one from the City of Pittsburgh convened to prepare and plan for a potential domestic terrorism event from a regional perspective. Mercer County was admitted into the working group on May 20, 1999, resulting in a total of thirteen counties.

The PA Region 13 Task Force is recognized under State Law Act 227 as one of 9 in the Commonwealth. PA Region 13 covers a population of 3 million over a 9,550 square mile area. There are 706 local Municipalities, 713 Fire Departments, 392 Police Departments, 203 EMS Agencies, 65 Hospitals, 15 State Certified HazMat Teams, and 2 Explosive Teams. The Region 13 Task Force prides itself in have a strong relationship between Local, County, Sate, and Federal Organizations.

Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month at the Allegheny County Emergency Operations Center. Individual Committees conduct their business and give reports on various projects and progress. Time is allotted for special interest presentations.

To the credit of all PA Region 13 Task Force members, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Association of Counties, and the National Domestic Preparedness Office have recognized the organization as a model organization for intergovernmental cooperation in fighting the threat and consequences of terrorism.

PA Region 13 has been working hard to secure funding, training, and equipment for the group’s initiatives. Current activities include: implementing and supporting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security WMD programs and equipment distribution. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Emergency Preparedness, Metropolitan Medical Response System development, training and equipment acquisition and working with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency in developing a region- wide plan and comprehensive training exercises.

Major full-scale exercises have involved the Port Authority subway, bus way and PNC Park within the City of Pittsburgh, ” Mall Strike 2001″ through “Steel Rose” in Westmoreland County, “Steel Hammer” in Beaver County, “Scarlet Harvest” in Lawrence County and numerous table tops, drills, and functional exercises throughout the region.

PA Region 13 to date has been operationally tested in Somerset County with the Flight 93 air crash, and Quecreek Mine, and in Beaver County with the Hepatitis A outbreak. The Task Force has responded to many other events throughout the region.

PA Region 13 deployable assets have had a great impact on the regions ability to respond to major emergencies Statewide. PA Region 13 has added a fully trained and equipped Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team referred to PA USAR Strike Team #1 to its compliment of special resources available to respond to building collapses and special rescue situations.

Our Strength

“The strength of PA Region 13 comes from the remarkable support and leadership from our 39 County Commissioners, Allegheny County Chief Executive, and the City of Pittsburgh Mayor. Our County/City Elected Officials have empowered the 15 Emergency Management Coordinators to represent the interests of the individual County/City governments on a daily basis.”

The Region 13 Executive Board of Directors List

 2019 Chairman: Gregory C. Leathers and Co-Chairman Roy A. Shipley, Jr.

Allegheny County

Matthew BrownDepartment of Emergency Services
150 Hookstown Grade Road
Coraopolis, PA 15108

Phone: (412) 473-2550

Fax: (412) 473-2623

Email: Matthew.Brown@AlleghenyCounty.US

Armstrong County

William A. Hamilton

Department of Public Safety

131 Armsdale Road

Kittanning, PA 16201

Phone: (724) 548-3429

Fax: (724) 548-3326


Beaver County

Eric Brewer

Emergency Services

351 Fourteenth Street

Ambridge, PA 15003

Phone: (724) 775-1700

Fax: (724) 266-0210


Butler County

Steven Bicehouse

Department of Emergency Services

120 McCune Drive

Butler, PA 16001

Phone: (724) 284-5211

Fax: (724) 287-7769


Cambria County

Art Martynuska

Department of Emergency Services

401 Candlelight Drive

Suite 100

Ebensburg, PA 15931

Phone: (814) 472-2050

Fax: (814) 472-1439


City of Pittsburgh

Wendell D. Hissrich

Office of Emergency Management

City-County Building , Room 400

414 Grant Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: (412) 255-8615

Fax: (412) 255-8662


Fayette County

Roy A. Shipley, Jr.

Emergency Management Agency

24 East Main Street

Fourth Floor

Uniontown, PA 15401

Phone: (724) 430-1277

Fax: (724) 430-1281


Greene County

Gregory C. Leathers

Department of Emergency Services

55 West Greene Street

Waynesburg, PA 15370

Phone: (724) 627-5387

Fax: (724) 627-5342


Indiana County

Thomas A. Stutzman

Emergency Management Agency

85 Haven Drive

Indiana, PA 15701

Phone: (724) 349-9300

Fax: (724) 465-3868


Lawrence County

Jeffrey R. Parish

Department of Public Safety

1451 County Line Road

New Castle, PA 16101

Phone: (724) 202-7101

Fax: (724) 658-5760


Mercer County

Frank A. Jannetti, Jr.

Department of Public Safety

205 South Erie Street

Mercer, PA 16137

Phone: (724) 662-2603

Fax: (724) 662-6145


Somerset County

Joel D. Landis

Emergency Management Agency

100 East Union Street

Somerset, PA 15501

Phone: (814) 445-1515

Fax: (814) 444-0799


Venango County

Timothy M. Dunkle

Emergency Services Center

1052 Grandview Road

Oil City, PA 16301

Phone: (814) 677-0325

Fax: (814) 677-7459


Washington County

Jeffrey A. Yates

Department of Public Safety

100 West Beau Street, Suite C-1

Washington, PA 15301

Phone: (724) 228-6911

Fax: (724) 223-4712


Westmoreland County

Roland “Bud” Mertz

Department of Public Safety

911 Public Safety Road

Greensburg, PA 15601

Phone: (724) 600-7301

Fax: (724) 600-7388