The above logo is proudly displayed on our apparatus. We were the second fire department in the State of Pennsylvania to attain 50% or more of our members to be Certified as Firefighter 1 or above. Certification testing is done by the Pennsylvania State Fire Commission on a regular basis. In order to receive certification, examinations involving written and practical skills must be successfully completed. Written and practical tests cover material appropriate to the level they are being tested for, and can include live fire exercises, electrical emergencies, fireground operations and other firefighting activities. Prerequisites to test include First Aid, CPR and Hazardous Material Training.
The Office of the State Fire Commissioner is responsible for the implementation of firefighter training and certification developed in accordance with and consistent to established standards. The Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) is the certifying agency within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State Fire Academy (PSFA) is the administering agency.
The purpose of this program is to identify and recognize emergency service personnel whose accomplishments in training and education meets or exceeds nationally recognized standards. The NFPA standards for Fire Service Professional Qualifications identify the minimum requirements for a person at a particular level of progression. A person certified to one of the Fire Service Professional levels will have demonstrated competency in the knowledge and skills required to perform at a particular level. The service that can be offered to the citizens, visitors and communities of the Commonwealth will be enhanced by the professional competency attained through this certification process.