John Matz, of 24 Woodland Drive, Wayne Township, who last week was appointed by the Schuylkill County Commissioners as the executive director of the Schuylkill County Emergency Management Commission, submitted an update to his resume.

In the story on his appointment it was stated he held a position as instructor at the Schuylkill IU 29 Vocational Trade School. Matz clarifies his duties with the IU.

He states he provided instruction on a part time basis for the center. The classes were electronics or specific computer programs, usually Microsoft Excel. He also served as a substitute instructor in 2003 for the daytime electronics program to close out the 2002-03 school year during the long term sick leave of the instructor. The majority of his adult working experience had been in industry and emergency response, also, he served as the fire chief at Deer Lake and West Brunswick Fire Company from 1987 until 2002.

He lists his work experiences as follows:

His duties prior to accepting the county post was with Berks County Depatment of Emergency Services in Reading. The job consisted of overseeing the hazardous material reporting system as it applies to almost 300 facilities within Berks County. Additionally, he reviewed dam emergency action plans, participated in school emergency planning and is a member of the Berks County Hazardous Materials Response Team.

Between September 2003 and March 2009 he served as operations and training officer with the Schuylkill County Emergency Management Agency, overseeing the implementation and operation of the Tier II hazardous chemical reporting system required under SARA Title III which requires interfacing with variety of state and federal agencies and the planning and reporting facilities located in Schuylkill County.

Additional duties included emergency planning, municipal interface, training of emergency service personnel and local coordinators of the software systems used to maintain emergency records and chemical reporting data for the county. Also, tests and evaluation were made of sophisticated electronic monitoring instruments, software packages and services for the agency and the regional counter terrorism task force.

From 2005 to the present he has provided fire services trainiing as needed through the network of community colleges affiliated with the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy. From May 2001 to 2004 he provided instruction in all aspects of electronic technology education and intermediate level of the programs of Microsoft Professional Office as required by the school.

From February through June 2003, due to the illness of the full time instructor at the Schuylkill Technology Center, he completed the school year for the high school level elctronics program.