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Rick Kane
Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director

Manheim Township
1840 Municipal Drive
Lancaster, PA  17601

Ph: (717) 569-6408
Fx: (717) 560-4183
Emergency 9-1-1

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Emergency Management was established in the United States by the Federal Defense Act of 1950, which created our nation's Office of Civil Defense. This act is the foundation for the national and statewide Emergency Management System.  In Manheim Township, the Emergency Management Office is created and obligated under the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Services Code, 35 Pa. C. S. Section 7101 et seq., to provide certain services and programs related to emergency management to the community. These services and programs are designed to enhance the Township's emergency preparedness and response capabilities in the event of catastrophic disaster, major weather events, and other emergencies.


To lessen the loss of life and reduce injuries and property damage during natural and technological disasters, incidents and events through professional support for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery services that save lives, reduce injuries and economic loss, and enhance recovery from disasters in the Township and Lancaster community.


The Emergency Management Coordinator has the responsibility to:

  • Coordinate activities with the County 9-1-1 System,
  • Provide administrative support for disaster reporting and information,
  • Maintain the Township Emergency Operations Plan,
  • Identify mitigation activities that lessen the effects of disaster on people and property,
  • Exercise plans from time to time using a variety of hazards and scenarios,
  • Coordinate any emergency management training activities for volunteers, elected officials, nursing homes, school personnel or anyone charged with responsibility before, during and after a disaster,
  • Coordinate response and recovery activities during an emergency or disaster, either as a member of the on-site incident command team or from a central location called an Emergency Operations Center,
  • Locate, monitor and manage emergency resources, and
  • Educate the public about actions to take before a disaster occurs, disseminate warnings and other critical information during a disaster and release information about recovery activities after a disaster.

Emergency Operations Center

Since 2008, Manheim Township operates its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) from a mobile command unit.  The Township owns and operates the only mobile command post vehicle in Lancaster County. This unit, specifically built to meet Manheim Townships needs, responds to fire, law enforcement, hazardous material, and mass casualty events throughout the Township. It is used as a place for the officers in charge of an event to gather and share information and intelligence about the incident. The vehicle is equipped with communications equipment, computers, copier and fax, a small meeting room, and various other pieces of equipment. The vehicle is generator powered so it can operate for up to 12 hours without electric service.

Manheim Township • 1840 Municipal Drive • Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601 • 717-569-6408
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