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PERIs in PHMSA's Eastern Region

PERIs in PHMSA's Eastern Region
State Status Chair(s)
New Jersey The New Jersey Statewide Utility Safety Team (NJSUST) was formed to promote safety of the public and responders, specific to New Jersey. NJSUST has developed free training and resources for use by the New Jersey emergency response community which are available on NJ Learn,, the official e-learning management system that the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness manages for New Jersey Certified and Sworn First Responders.
  • Dave Hughes, NJ Division of Fire Safety
  • Steve O'Gorman, NJNG
New York The NYSPERI held its first steering committee meeting August 2017 in Albany, NY. The committee is currently working to develop a business plan and establish a training curriculum that can be rolled out statewide.
  • Jerry Knapp, Rockland City Fire Chief
  • Tim Woycik, National Grid
Pennsylvania Pipeline Emergency Responders Initiative
In February 2019, PAPERI piloted a two-hour awareness level training that the steering committee developed over previous months. As of summer 2019, the committee is exploring options for establishing a legal entity
  • Pat Pauly, Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (ret.)
Virginia In early 2023, a Virginia PERI steering committee began meeting.
  • Scott Marshall, State Corporation Commission
West Virginia In February 2022, a WVPERI steering committee began meeting.
  • Ralph McNemar, West Virginia University Fire Service Extension
  • Dan Garcia, Blue Racer Midstream

Interested in starting a PERI in your state and your state is not listed? Contact your state's Community Liaison to inquire about a PERI.