From Harford County government:
Harford County Executive David R. Craig has announced the appointment of Brian P. Feist of Johnstown, Pennsylvania as the new manager of the Harford County Division of Emergency Operations (EOC). Feist assumed his duties on Monday, January 10, 2011 replacing Ernie Crist who retired last summer.
“We are pleased to bring Brian Feist to Harford County and look forward to his leadership with the fire service, our law enforcement community, local, county and state government partners as well as the citizens of Harford County,” County Executive Craig stated. “Brian’s background should serve him well as he takes the reins of our EOC,” Craig remarked.
Prior to coming to Harford County, Feist was the executive director of Cambria County Department of Emergency Services, with supervisory responsibilities for emergency management, the 9-1-1 Center and Cambria Connected, the wireless broadband divisions of Cambria County Government. Additionally, in his capacity as executive director of Cambria County Department of Emergency Services, Mr. Feist had routine interaction and contact with 47 fire departments, 33 police agencies, and 18 non-fire affiliated EMS agencies that served 62 municipalities.
During his tenure with Cambria County, Mr. Feist helped the county receive national notoriety when they received the 2009 National APCO Horizon Award for advances in technology in 9-1-1 centers.
During the period of 2003 – 2005, Mr. Feist served as an Emergency Management Specialist with Cambria County. From February of 2000 to the present, Mr. Feist has served Cambria County as a fire/rescue training instructor working through Bucks County Community College.
One of the most challenging and unique experiences of Mr. Feist’s career in Pennsylvania was during the morning of September 11, 2001 when Flight 93 crashed into a field in neighboring Somerset County and he was called upon to respond to the crash site. Shortly after his arrival on site, Mr. Feist helped establish the Incident Command System for the disaster and helped coordinate on-scene fire and EMS service response and operations.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Feist stated, “I am honored to be chosen as the Manager of Emergency Operations here in Harford County. I am looking forward to working not only with the dedicated professionals in the Division of Emergency Operations, but also the fire, EMS and law enforcement communities to further build relationship that will strengthen public safety.”
As manager of the Division of Emergency Operations, Feist will have oversight responsibility for approximately 90 personnel and an FY 11 operating budget of $9.3 million.