Current PTSC Class Schedule

2021 Fall PSTC Schedule

 

printable/downloadable schedule

Course Changes and Announcements

As of 7/29/2021 the following changes have been made to the schedule:

  • Westmoreland PSTC:  Interior Firefighter (ELIF) dates have changed, see schedule for new dates.
  • Westmoreland PSTC Firefighter I & II Prep & Exam dates have changed,
    see schedule for new dates.
  • Driver/Operator-Mobile Water Supply Certification Exam

New/Special Courses for 2021

  • Traffic Incident Management System Certification
    Exam
  • Interaction with Special Needs: Hearing Impaired
    Individual
  • 2021 ESI Experience: ARE YOU UP FOR THE
    CHALLENGE!!!
  • Task Force 1 collaboration with Westmoreland PSTC
    Course Announcements
    • Aerial Tactics
    • Hose & Nozzle Workshop

Registration Guidelines

  1. PRE-REGISTRATION is required to ensure sufficient enrollment.
  2. All classes require a minimum of ten (10) students, unless otherwise specified
  3. Maximum class is thirty (30) unless otherwise specified
  4. Classes not meeting minimum enrollment five (5) days prior to the start date WILL BE CANCELED
  5. Students SHOULD arrive 15-minutes prior to start of class, with pen and paper.

Westmoreland County Fire Departments

  • Pending availability, Westmoreland County Fire Departments can schedule 3-8 hour special training FREE of charge at the PSTC.
    • A completed facility usage form is required and can be located at the PSTC website under Facilities.
      • A certificate of training for these sessions is also available but would require the use of a PSTC approved instructor at a cost of $10 per student.
  • Due to new NFPA 1403 standards use of the Class A burn building by a department is no longer permitted.  
    • Private department burns are still permitted and encouraged but must be via the PSTC staff.

Out-of-County Fire Departments

  • Rental of the PSTC is available to out-of-county fire departments. Please contact the facility for pricing and requirements.

Acquired Structure Burns

  • The PSTC is willing to facilitate “Acquired Structure Burns.” The burn must meet all DEP and PSFA documentation requirements which will be the responsibility of the owner/hosting fire department.
    • Please contact the facility for pricing and requirements.
  • For more information about First Responder classes, contact:

Special Note: 

  • Please note locations of courses, as new campus sites have been added.
    • Westmoreland-Public Safety Training Center
      65 Public Safety Drive
      Smithton, PA 15479
    • Westmoreland-New Kensington
      1150 5th Ave.
      New Kensington, PA 15068
    • Westmoreland-Murrysville
      6707 Mellon Rd
      Export, PA 15632                                                                                                                with Essentials Skills (where applicable) at:
            Monroeville PSTC
            2465 Johnston Rd.
            Monroeville, PA 15146

Emergency Medical Technician

Develop competence in the following skills: patient assessment/management of a trauma patient and a medical patient; cardiac arrest management/AED; bag-valve-mask ventilation of an apneic patient; spinal immobilization (both seated and supine patient); long bone fracture immobilization; joint dislocation immobilization; traction splinting; bleeding control/shock management; upper airway adjuncts and suction; ventilation with supplemental oxygen; and supplemental oxygen administration to a breathing patient. The curriculum follows the new National EMS Education Standards. 16.4 CEUs. Must be 16 years old to register and be able to pass background check – requirements explained first night of class. During the program, you will be required to complete ten (10) patient contacts with a preceptor (ambulance service), additional background clearances/medical exam may be required (explained first night of class). Upon successful completion of this class, and ICS 100 and NIMS 700 (both online completion) and (included in class), you will be eligible to take the state certification exam and the National Registry Exam. (Registry exam fees not included).  $500 tuition + $30 lab fee + required textbook. 16.4 CEUs

Fall Session

  • Location:  Murrysville Campus
    • 6707 Mellon Rd, Export, PA 15632
      • 21/FL MEDX 1880-81      
      • Tuesday & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m., & some Saturdays, September 14, 2020 – January 13, 2022
      • Complete Schedule
      • Registration Deadline: September 3, 2021

 

Westmoreland-New Kensington Courses

  • 1150 5th Ave, New Kensington, PA 15068

Apparatus Training

  • Pump Operations I (PUOP)
    Location: Westmoreland-New Kensington
    $50 Tuition + $10 material fee
    • 21/FL PPRX 6658-68
    • Tuesday & Thursday, September 21
      & 23, 6 :30-10 :30 p.m., & Saturday, October 9,
      8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

 

  • Pump Operations II (PUOA)
    Location: Westmoreland-New Kensington
    $50 Tuition + $10 material fee
    • 21/FL PPRX 6659-68
    • Monday & Thursday, October 18 &
      21, 6 :30-10 :30 p.m., & Saturday, October 23,
      8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Officer Development

  • Basic Fire Police (BFPO)
    To prepare persons selected to be fire police officers to
    understand how to operate and perform the basic duties of the
    position. This course provides instruction on the proper method to
    be appointed, the laws pertaining to fire police, fire police powers,
    and the expected duties of a new fire police officer. Prerequisites:
    Minimum age of 18 by first day of class; certificate for IS-100.B:
    Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100. $50 tuition
    • Location: Westmoreland-New Kensington
    • 21/FL PPRX 2280-68
    • Saturday & Sunday, October 16 & 17,
      8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Traffic Incident Management System (TIMS)
    • Location: Westmoreland-New Kensington
      $10 tuition
    • 21/FL PPRX 8090-68
    • Monday, October 25, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Company Readiness for the Fire Service (PSTC
    Exclusive)
    • Location: Westmoreland-New Kensington
      $10 tuition
    • 21/FL PPRX 0886-68
    • Monday, November 1, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

 

  • Incident Safety Officer (NFA) (ISO)
    Location: Westmoreland-New Kensington
    $50 tuition
    • 21/FL PPRX 3607-80
    • Saturday & Sunday, November 6 & 7,
      8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Introduction to Fire Officership (INFO)
    Location: Westmoreland-New Kensington
    $50 tuition
    • 21/FL PPRX 2395-68
    • Saturday & Sunday, November 13 &
      14, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

 

  • Emergency Response During Civil Unrest (PSTC Exclusive)
    This course is lecture based and will provide emergency responders with an introductory overview of the response challenges they may encounter during this time of social upheaval and civil unrest within the United States. The potential causes of unrest will be discussed although the intended focus of this course is to foster critical thinking and discussion toward the incorporation of best practices in furtherance of responder safety. Fire-Rescue integration within the unified command structure along with law enforcement and EMS will also be discussed.
    Location: Westmoreland-New Kensington $10 Tuition
    • 21/FL PPRX 2005-68
    • Monday, November 22, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Firefighter II Certification Exam Preparation Series

  • New Vehicle Rescue Awareness (NVR-A)
    Location: Westmoreland-New Kensington
    $80 tuition + $25 lab fee
    • 21/FL PPRX 0483-68
    • Tuesday & Thursdays, October 19,
      21, 26, 28, & November 2 & 4, 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Basic Vehicle Rescue Operations (NVR-O)
    Location: Westmoreland-New Kensington
    $65 tuition + $25 lab fee
    • 21/FL PPRX 0484-68
    • Saturday & Sunday, November 6 & 7, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Department of Health - Basic Vehicle Rescue Exam:
      • Wednesday, November 17, report time of 6:30 p.m. Cost $10* 
        *Non-PSTC candidates will be charged $20 Exam Fee, and must contact the director two weeks prior for proper course completion verification. Must have completed NVR-A & O within 1-year.
  • HAZMAT Operations Level Refresher (HMORJB)
    Location: Westmoreland-New Kensington
    $15 tuition + $10 lab fee
    • 21/FL PPRX 3161-68
    • Saturday, November 20, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Firefighter II Skills Prep with Application Prep Class
    (PSTC Exclusive)
    Location: Westmoreland-New Kensington
    $65 tuition + $10 lab fee
    • 21/FL PPRX 2171-68
    • Tuesdays & Thursday, November 9, 18, & 23, 6:30 - 10:30 p.m., & Sunday, December 5 at Westmoreland-PSTC, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      • Firefighter II Certification Exam: Written & Skills, Saturday, December 12, report time of 8 a.m. Application deadline: December 3 by 4 p.m. at Westmoreland-PSTC, $175 tuition

Rescue

  • Introduction to Trench Rescue (PSTC Exclusive)
    This course is lecture based and will provide emergency responders with the knowledge necessary to safely manage the initial response to an incident involving a trench or excavation rescue. Topics presented will include case histories, terminology, soil dynamics, anatomy of a trench, incident assessment, hazard control, incident management system, along with an overview of specialty tools and equipment.
    Location: Westmoreland-New Kensington $10 tuition
    • 21/FL PPRX 8110-68
    • Thursday, October 7, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • New Vehicle Rescue Awareness (NVR-A)
    Location: Westmoreland-New Kensington
    $80 tuition + $25 lab fee
    • 21/FL PPRX 0483-68
    • Tuesday & Thursdays, October 19, 21, 26, 28, & November 2 & 4, 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Basic Vehicle Rescue Operations (NVR-O)
    Location: Westmoreland-New Kensington
    $65 tuition + $25 lab fee
    • 21/FL PPRX 0484-68
    • Saturday & Sunday, November 6 & 7, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
      • Department of Health - Basic Vehicle Rescue Exam:
        Wednesday, November 17, report time of 6:30 p.m. Cost $10*
        *Non-PSTC candidates will be charged $20 Exam Fee, and must contact the director two weeks prior for proper course completion verification. Must have completed NVR-A & O within 1-year.
  • Introduction to Machinery Rescue (PSTC Exclusive)                                           This awareness level course is lecture based and will provide emergency responders with the knowledge necessary to conduct hazard analysis, risk assessment, and planning in accordance with NFPA 1670 General Requirements.  Topics presented will include an overview of awareness, operations, and technician level responsibilities in addition to hazard identification and mitigation, incident command, size up, tool and equipment requirements, stabilization, patient access and care, extrication, and transport.  The 5 – most frequent types of machinery rescue incidents will be presented for discussion. Location: New Kensington Campus $10 Tuition
    • 21/FL PPRX 8111-68
    • Monday, November 15, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Westmoreland PSTC Courses

  • 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, PA  15479

Apparatus Training

Pump Operations I (PUOP)

This course provides the fire fighter with an introduction to basic pump construction and theory as well as operating techniques. Emphasis is placed on getting water to the pump, getting water from the pump for hose streams, and prevention of common mistakes in pump operations. Prerequisite: ELFG or EBM. $50 tuition + $10 material fee.

  • Fall Session
    • 21/SG PPRX 6658-81        
    • Tuesday & Thursday, September 7 & 9, 6:30-10:30 p.m. & Saturday, September 11, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m

Pump Operations II (PUOA)

This course is designed to instruct the student in advanced techniques of operating pumps. Topics covered include friction loss, relay pumping, master streams, and elevated master streams. The goal of this course will introduce the student to advanced concepts and methods of fire pump operation. $50 Tuition + $10 material fee.

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 6659-81        
    • Tuesday & Thursday, September 14 & 16, 6:30-10:30 p.m. & Saturday, September 18, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Emergency Vehicle Operations Training (EVOT)

A large number of emergency service personnel and civilians are injured and killed each year as a result of inappropriately driven emergency vehicles. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to gain and/or verify a broad range of competencies associated with driving an emergency vehicle. These competencies include basic understanding of emergency vehicle operations, as well as the skills necessary for practical and safe application of driving on a competency course. Students must provide a notebook, pen/pencil and apparatuses desired for certificate of  training. Minimum age of 18 by the first day of class. EMS ConEd available. $50 tuition + $12 material fee. 

  • Fall Session 
    • 21/FL PPRX 1752-81       
    • Monday & Wednesday, September 27 & 29, 6:30-10:30 p.m. & Saturday, October 2, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Driver/Operator – Pumper Skills Preparation 

This refresher course is for all experienced pump operators wanting to update or reinforce “rusty” skills or prepare for the next PSFA Pro Board/IFSAC Driver/ Operator - Pumper certification test. Students should have previously completed the requirements for Driver/Operator – Pumper certification or comparable training. Students must bring full turnout gear, and it is recommended that they bring their pumper to the second night of class for comfortability for proper preparation for the certification. $35 tuition + $15 material fee

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 6660-81           
    • Monday & Wednesday’s, October 4, 6, & 11, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
      • Driver/Operator – Pumper Pro Board/IFSAC Certification Exam: Sunday, October 17, Report time of 7:30 a.m. Application Deadline:  October 12 by 4 p.m. $175 Tuition

Tanker Water Supply (TAWS)

A program dealing with supplying the fire ground with water from tenders. Subjects covered include construction, water flow requirements, water supply set up, and the drop tank shuttle system. Students attending this program will become familiar with techniques for moving water for fire extinguishment utilizing tenders. Students shall understand the safest, most efficient methods of supplying the fire ground with water requirements with tankers. $35 tuition

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 7900-81           
    • Tuesday, Thursday, October 5 & 7, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Sunday, October 10, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Driver/Operator – Mobile Water Supply Skills Preparation

This refresher course is for all experienced mobile water supply (tanker) operators wanting to update or reinforce “rusty” skills or prepare for the next PSFA Pro Board/IFSACDriver/Operator – Mobile Water certification test. Students should have previously completed the requirements for Driver/Operator – Mobile Water certification or comparable training. Students must bring full turnout gear, and it is recommended that they bring their tanker to the second night of class for comfortability for proper
preparation for the certification. $50 tuition + $15 material fee

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 0950-81         
    • Tuesday & Thursday, October 12, 14, & 19, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
      • Driver/Operator-Mobile Water Supply Certification Exam: Sunday, November 21 Report time of 7:30 a.m. Application Deadline:  October 30 by 4 p.m. $175 Tuition

Officer Development

Introduction to Fire Officership (INFO)

To provide students with an overview of the skills necessary to effectively manage volunteer and career fire organizations. Introduction to Fire Officership will give the student a basic overview of company officer responsibilities, personnel issues, their role in fire ground operations, and the development of a sound and effective administrative and fire ground organizational structure. Prerequisites: ELIF or EBM. $50 tuition

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 2395-81         
    • Monday & Wednesday, November 1 & 3, 6:30-10:30 p.m. & Saturday, November 6, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Incident Safety Officer (NFA) (ISO)

Provides the company and line officer with the skills to effectively
function as the fireground safety officer. Developing decision making skills by recognizing safety cues is stressed. Covers the safety officer role, regulations, standards and policies; recordkeeping and documentation; risk management; incident considerations and communicating and monitoring evolutions. Prerequisites: NICS-FS or NICS-EMS or ICS and training to the Haz-Mat First Responder Operations level. EMS ConEd available. $35 tuition

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 3607-81         
    • Saturday & Sunday, October 2 & 3, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Principles of Building Construction Combustible (NFA) (BCP)

The overall goal of this course is to provide knowledge about the classification system of buildings, the importance of fire resistance for structural support elements, and the risks associated with performing fire-suppression activities inside and around buildings involved in fire. One additional major goal of this course is to enhance the skills of emergency response personnel so they can read a building correctly and apply the information to the action plan for the incident. This course is intended for fire response personnel. Prerequisite: IST or ELIS. $35 tuition

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 0458-81           
    • Monday & Wednesday, October 4 & 6, 6:30-10:30 p.m. & Saturday, October 9, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Reading Fire Smoke

Often, smoke issuing from a building is the only clue available to predict fire behavior and the likelihood of a flashover or rapid fire spread. First-arriving officers, incident commanders, and safety officers MUST know how to rapidly read smoke. This course will provide the basic understanding of modern structure fire characteristics of reading fire smoke. $10 tuition

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 0015-79         
    • Wednesday, October 13 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Company Readiness for the Fire Service

This program is designed to refocus or initially focus department personnel on administrative and operational duties and priorities of responsibilities to more efficiently direct their company’s betterment of service delivery to the community. Topics to be covered: Discuss planning priorities both internal and external to the department, review of the Incident Management System and applicable NFPA standards of reference for departments to focus on for positive growth, discuss Training and Certification pathways for members of all levels, introduce safety measures for both internal and external applications to the department, and perform a SWOT Analysis for department(s) and review findings relevant to material covered. $10 tuition

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 0886-81                
    • Tuesday, November 9, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Support Operations

Traffic Incident Management System (TIMS) with Certifcation Skills Prep

This National TIM Responder Training Program establishes the foundation and promotes consistent training for all responders to incidents involving operations on or near a highway. The PA-TIM objectives primarily target operations and special risks to personnel
performing fire, rescue and EMS functions. This program examines
those risks and provides nationally recognized actions to minimize/
reduce those risks. Upon completion of the course, the student shall
understand the National Unified Goals (NUG) for Traffic Incident
Management (TIM) that creates a training program that emphasizes
responder safety, safe, quick clearance, and prompt, reliable interoperable communications between all responder disciplines. $10 tuition

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 8090-81        
    • Saturday, November 20, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
      • Traffic Incident Management System Certification Exam: Saturday, December 11, report time of 7:30 a.m. Application Deadline: December 3 at 4 p.m. $175.00 Cost

Cancer Prevention

This 4-hour class will educate firefighters and EMS personnel about their increased risk of developing cancer, encourage actions and behaviors to reduce or prevent exposure to occupational cancer hazards, encourage healthy lifestyle choices to further reduce cancer risk, and provide information about resources available to firefighters, EMS personnel and their families following a cancer diagnosis. The student will need to
provide: pen/pencil, notebook. $10 tuition

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 2561-81         
    • Thursday, October 28, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Interaction with Special Needs Individuals

This course is designed to provide basic skills for interacting between special needs individuals and emergency services providers. This course is highly encouraged for all First Responders. This course will be structured toward verbal individuals with special needs. $10 tuition. 

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 9003-80         
    • Thursday, November 11, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Interaction with Special Needs: Hearing Impaired Individuals

This course is designed to provide basic skills for interacting between hearing impaired individuals and emergency services providers. This course is highly encouraged for all First Responders. This course will be structured toward hearing impaired individuals who may also be non-verbal. $10 tuition.

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 9003-81         
    • Thursday, November 18, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Alternative Fueled Vehicles – Introduction

Introduction to incidents involving alternative fuel vehicles including electric, hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell, bio-diesel and gaseous fuels such as CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), LPG (Liquid Propane Gas), and their recharging/refueling stations. Examples of alternative fuel vehicles will be onsite for additional knowledge support. $10 tuition

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 0009-81           
    • Tuesday, November 2, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Arson Awareness for Emergency Response Personnel (AAEP)

This course will prepare ‘first-on-the-scene’ responders to make
observations and take actions which will help fire investigators
determine cause and origin of fires and, where appropriate, investigate and successfully prosecute cases of arson. This course is appropriate for all emergency responders (fire, fire police, police, and EMS) who might arrive first on the scene of a fire. It consists of material extracted from the longer National Fire Academy course Arson Detection for the First Responder, and is designed to give essential basic information to responders whose duties do not require the more extensive NFA course, or whose time schedules do not permit attending the longer course at this time. $10 tuition 

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 0090-81         
    • Wednesday, November 17, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Fire Suppression

Rapid Intervention Teams (RITC)

Course Goal: Reduce firefighter injuries and deaths in Pennsylvania. Fire ground rescue teams may prevent firefighter deaths or reduce the severity of injuries inflicted on firefighters by being on scene with proper equipment and training. This program is designed to prepare fire department personnel for implementation of a stand-by rescue team at structure fires and certain other incidents. Information is provided from existing fire departments utilizing the concept successfully. $10 tuition.
Prerequisites: ELIF 

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 7116-81           
    • Wednesday, October 13, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Structural Burn Session (SBS) Night Burn

This course will provide the student with a review and application of the techniques used in safe firefighting practices in an actual fire environment. Emphasis is placed on safety for both interior and exterior operations. Students must provide; turnout gear, a notebook and pen/pencil. Prerequisite: ELIF or EBM or FF I. Minimum age 18. $65 tuition + $15 lab fee

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 7703-81         
    • Monday & Wednesday, October 18 & 20, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturday, October 23, 6:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Forcible Entry (TFE)

This course will provide the fire fighter with a better understanding of building construction as it applies to forcible entry. Also covered will be opening techniques and the use of tools for safe, quick access to a structure. Students must provide; a notebook and pen/pencil, work gloves and steel-toed shoes. Prerequisite: ELIF or EBM or FF I. $35 tuition + $10 Lab Fee

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 2555 -81                       
    • 2 Saturdays, October 2 & 9, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Engine Company Operations (ECOP)

A discussion of fire behavior and spread in structures, methods of calculating needed fire flow and organizing and equipping an engine company is followed by a series of “hands on” drills involving various engine company evolutions. Students must provide turnout gear, a notebook and pen/pencil. Prerequisite: ELIF or EBM or FF I. $55 tuition + $10 lab fee

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 1756-81           
    • Tuesday & Thursday, November 2 & 4, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturday, November 6, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Truck Co. Operations I (TRCO)

This course will introduce the student to the basic duties of a truck company including hand and power tool operation, search and rescue, and ventilation. Truck company support to the engine company is also covered. Students must provide turnout gear, a notebook and pen/pencil. Prerequisite: ELIF or EBM or FF I. Minimum age 18. $55 tuition + $10 lab fee. 

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 8105-81         
    • Monday & Wednesday, November 1 & 3, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Sunday, November 7, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Fire Suppression:  NOT FOR THE T-SHIRT WEARING FIREFIGHTER!

Fire Fighter Survival (SURV)

Reduce the risk of fire fighter injuries and deaths in Pennsylvania.
The class will enable fire fighters to become more aware and familiar with procedures that may be used to prevent or perhaps lessen the seriousness of injuries or even save their lives. A physically demanding comprehensive program dealing with the necessary knowledge and skills relative to rescue procedures needed for self-rescue. Emphasis will be placed on search techniques, communications, accountability/location and self-rescue procedures. Students must be in adequate physical condition to perform 100% of all practical exercises. Prerequisites: ELIF or EBM; Recommended RITC, SFR, ICS: Student must be physically able to crawl, climb and descend ladders, slide on rope, and SUPPORT OWN BODY WEIGHT WHILE HANGING BY ARMS. Pa State Fire Academy facial hair policy applies. $65 tuition + $15 lab fee.

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 2175-81           
    • Monday & Wednesday, October 25 & 27, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturday, October 30, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Hazardous Materials

HAZMAT Awareness Level (HMAJB)

The primary target audience for this course are First Responders who will witness or discover a hazardous substance/materials release. Students will be trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the proper authorities of the release. They shall have sufficient training or have had sufficient experience to objectively demonstrate competency to understand what hazardous substances are, the risks, potential outcomes, the ability to recognize and identify their presence, their role including site security, safe scene management and how to use the Emergency Response Guidebook during a hazardous materials/WMD emergency. Students must provide a notebook and pen/pencil. Minimum age 14. ConEd Available. $10 tuition.

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 3143-81       
    • Sunday, September 12, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
      • Hazardous Materials Awareness Pro Board / IFSAC Certification: Monday, September 12, report time of 6:30 p.m. Application Deadline: night of exam. $25 Tuition

HAZMAT Operations Level (HMOJB)

This class provides training for first responders that respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial
response for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property and the environment. Personnel are trained to respond in a defensive fashion to contain the release from a safe distance, to keep it from spreading and prevent exposures. They must understand basic hazard and risk assessment, how to select and use proper personnel protective equipment, basic hazardous materials terms, basic control, containment and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and PPE available, basic decontamination procedures and termination procedures. Students must provide; SCBA, turnout gear, a notebook and pen/pencil. Minimum age, 16. ConEd Available. $70 tuition + $10 lab fee.

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 3156-81     
    • Tuesday & Thursday, October 14 & 19, Saturday & Sunday, October 16 & 17, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

HAZMAT Operations Level Refresher (HMORJB)

The primary target audiences for this refresher course are First Responders who have taken a Hazardous Materials Operations Level 472 course. The student will review previous learned information and skills associated with NFPA 472 Chapter 5 Competencies for the First
Responder at the Operational Level, and 29CFR1910.120 OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response,  HAZWOPER), First Responder Operations Level. Prerequisite: HMOJB or HMORJB. Minimum age, 16. EMS ConEd available. $15 tuition + $10 lab fee.

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 3161-81         
    • Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania Entry-Level Firefighting

Pennsylvania Entry-Level firefighting is comprised of seven different modules. Completion of all modules provides for the basis of more
advanced training. Classes must be completed in order. The textbook: Essentials of Fire Fighting, 6th Edition (ISBN 978-0-87939-509-4) is required. A FREE skill booklet is provided. Students must provide a full set of turnout gear and a 20 ft. piece of rope (min. 7/16” dia.). Certificates are awarded upon successful completion of each course. Junior firefighters may attend the first three courses. Minimum age for Interior Firefighter is 18 at the onset of the class.

Introduction to the Fire Service (ELIS) with CPR/First Aid

This entry level course is designed to introduce new firefighters to basic information including an overview of the fire service, fire service
organization, firefighter safety, personal protective equipment, tools and emergency lighting, and backing apparatus. In addition, the student will complete American Heart Association (AHA) First Aid & CPR. This is the first of five levels (courses) in the curriculum. Students must provide turnout gear, a notebook and pen/pencil. Minimum age 14. $65 tuition + $25 Material Fee (AHA cards).

  • Westmoreland PSTC
    • Fall Session
      • 21/FL PPRX 3700-81  
      • Tuesday & Thursday, September 7 & 9, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Saturday, September 11, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., & Sunday, September 12, 8 a.m.-Noon.

HAZMAT Awareness Level (HMAJB)

See Hazardous Materials Section for full course description. Students must provide a notebook and pen/pencil. Minimum age 14. ConEd
Available. $10 tuition

  • Westmoreland PSTC
    • Fall Session
      • 21/FL PPRX 3143-81              
      •  Sunday, September 12, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Fireground Support (ELFG)

This entry level course is designed to introduce new firefighters to fire ground operation including fire behavior, building construction structural collapse, fire hose, water supply, communications, ropes and knots, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). This is the second of five levels (courses) in the curriculum. Upon successful completion an entry level firefighter shall be able to identify and utilize basic knowledge, skill, and abilities as they relate to fire ground operations. Prerequisites:  Introduction to the Fire Service (ELIS), Hazardous Materials Awareness (HMA). Students must provide turnout gear, SCBA, a notebook and pen/pencil. Minimum age 14. $100 tuition

  • Westmoreland PSTC: 
    • Fall Session
      • 21/FL PPRX 2178-81     
      • Tuesday & Thursday’s, September 14, 16, 21, & 23, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturday & Sunday, September 18 & 19, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Exterior Firefighter (ELEF)

This entry level course is designed to introduce new firefighters to fire ground operation including Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
(SCBA), fire behavior, building construction, fire extinguishers, forcible entry, ladders, and fire streams/hose line advancement. This is the
third of five levels (courses) in the curriculum. Upon successful completion an entry level firefighter shall be able to identify and utilize basic knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to exterior fire ground operations. Fireground Support (ELFG), NIMS 700, ICS 100. Students must provide turnout gear, SCBA, a notebook and pen/pencil. Minimum age 14. $140 tuition + $20 lab fee

  • Westmoreland PSTC: 
    • Fall Session
      • 21/FL PPRX 1806-81       
      • Tuesday & Thursdays, September 28 & 30, October 5, 7, & 12, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturday & Sunday, October 2, 3, 9, & 10, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

HAZMAT Operations Level (HMOJB)

See Hazardous Materials Section for full course description. Students must provide; SCBA, turnout gear, a notebook and pen/pencil.
Minimum age, 16. ConEd Available. $70 tuition + $10 lab fee

  • Westmoreland PSTC:
    • Fall Session
      • 21/FL PPRX 3156-81      
      • Tuesday & Thursday, October 14 & 19, Saturday & Sunday, October 16 & 17, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Interior Firefighter (ELIF) - Extended

The final class for entry level firefighters is for those persons that want to do live, interior fire suppression with SCBA. Self-contained
breathing apparatus, nozzles and fire streams, rescue, ventilation, fire suppression, salvage and overhaul, firefighter survival and a live fire
exercise are included. Satisfactory completion of a written exam required to receive a certificate. Students must provide turnout gear,
SCBA, notebook and pen/pencil. Prerequisite: Exterior Firefighter (ELEF) and Hazmat Operations (HMO). Minimum age 18. $250 tuition +
$15 lab fee

  • Westmoreland PSTC:
    • Fall Session
      • 21/FL PPRX 3663-81       
      • Tuesday & Thursdays, October 21,
        26, 28, & November 2, & 4, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturday & Sundays, October 23, 30, 31, & November 6, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Fall Essentials Program - Murrysville Campus

  • Location: 6707 Mellon Rd, Export, PA 15632
    • Essentials Skills where applicable at: Monroeville PSTC, 2465 Johnston Rd, Monroeville, PA 15146
    • See above for course descriptions and requirements 
      • Introduction to the Fire Service (ELIS) 
        • 21/FL PPRX 3700-32        
        • Monday & Wednesdays, September 8, 13, 15, & 20, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
        • $65 tuition
      • Hazardous Materials Awareness (HMA)
        • 21/FL PPRX 3143-32        
        • Wednesday, September 22, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
        • $10 tuition
      • Fireground Support (ELFG)
        • 21/FL PPRX 2178-32        
        • Monday & Wednesdays, September 27, 29, & October 4, 6, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturdays, October 2, & 9, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
        • $100 tuition
      • Exterior Firefighter (ELEF)
        • 21/FL PPRX 1806-32        
        • Monday & Wednesdays, October 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, & November 1, 6:30-10:30 p.m. & Saturdays, 16, 23, & 30, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
        • $140 tuition + $20 lab fee
      • HAZMAT Operations Level (HMOJB)
        • 21/FL PPRX 3156-32        
        • Monday & Wednesday, November 3, & 8, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturdays, November 6, & 13, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
        • $70 tuition + $10 lab fee
      • Interior Firefighter (ELIF)
        • 21/FL PPRX 3662-32        
        • Monday & Wednesday, November 15, 17, 22, & 29, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturdays, November 20, 27, & December 4, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ; December 4 at Westmoreland PSTC for Burn Session
        • $200 tuition + $15 lab fee

Firefighter I Preparation

See Certification Preparation Section for full course description. Students must bring full turnout gear, SCBA, spare cylinder, PASS device and 10 ft. of rope to all classes. Come prepared to refresh your skills in this intensive course. Prerequisite: ELIF or equivalent. $100 tuition + $10 lab fee

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 2170 81              
    • Tuesday & Thursdays, November 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 30, & December 2, & 7, 6-10 p.m.
      • Firefighter I Certification Exam: Written portion, Friday,
        December 10, report time of 6:30 p.m., Skills portion, Sunday, December 12, report time of 7:30 a.m. Application Deadline: Friday, December 3 by 4 p.m. $225 tuition

Pennsylvania Advanced Firefighter Series

New Vehicle Rescue Awareness (NVR-A)

See Rescue Section for full course description. Textbook required: Jones & Bartlett, Vehicle Extrication – Level I & II: Principles and Practice, 1st Edition. Students must provide turnout gear, a notebook and pen/pencil. Prerequisite: HMA. Minimum age, 16. Minimum of 12 students required. EMS ConEd Available. $80 tuition + $25 lab fee

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 0483-81         
    • Monday & Wednesday, November 1, 3, 8, & 10, 6-10 p.m., & Sunday, November 7, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Basic Vehicle Rescue Operations (NVR-O)

See Rescue Section for full course description. Text Book required: Jones & Bartlett, Vehicle Extrication – Level I & II: Principles and Practice, 1st Edition. Students must provide turnout gear, a notebook and pen/pencil. Prerequisite: NVRA, & HMA. Minimum age, 16. Minimum of 12 students required. EMS ConEd available. $65 tuition + $25 lab fee

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 0484-81           
    • Monday & Wednesday, November 15, 17, & 22, 6-10 p.m., & Sunday, November 21, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
      • Department of Health - Basic Vehicle Rescue Exam:  Wednesday, December 1, report time of 6:30 p.m. Cost $10.00*

*Non-PSTC candidates will be charged $20 Exam Fee, and must contact the Director two (2) weeks prior for proper course completion verification. Must have completed NVR-A & O within 1-year.

HAZMAT Operations Level Refresher (HMORJB)

See Hazardous Materials Section for full course description. Prerequisite: HMOJB or HMORJB. Minimum age, 16. EMS ConEd available. $15 tuition + $10 lab fee

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 3161-81         
    • Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Firefighter II Skills Prep with Application Prep Class:
See Certification Preparation Section for full course description. Prerequisite: Certified Firefighter I. $65 tuition + $10 lab fee.

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 2171-81         
    • 5 Tuesdays, November 23, 30, & December 2, 7, & 9, 6:30-10:30 p.m. 
      • Firefighter II Certification Exam: Written & Skills, Saturday, December 12, report time of 8 a.m. Application deadline:  December 3 by 4 p.m. $175 Tuition

Rescue

New Vehicle Rescue Awareness (NVR-A)

This course will provide an awareness level of information and skills as it pertains to vehicle rescue incidents. Topics will include general vehicle rescue function/operation; incident management of the vehicle accident/rescue incident; vehicle anatomy, design, and construction; recognition and control of hazards relative to a vehicle accident/rescue incident; and the tools and equipment used at a vehicle accident/rescue incident. Text Book required: Jones & Bartlett, Vehicle Extrication – Level I & II: Principles and Practice, 1st Edition. Students must provide; turnout gear, a notebook and pen/pencil. Prerequisite: HMA. Minimum age, 16. Minimum of 12 students required. EMS ConEd Available. $80 tuition + $25 lab fee.

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 0483-81         
    • Monday & Wednesday, November 1, 3, 8, & 10, 6-10 p.m., & Sunday, November 7, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

New Vehicle Rescue Operations (NVR-O)

This course will provide an operations level of information and skills
as it pertains to vehicle rescue incidents. Topics will include: incident
management; tools/equipment; vehicle anatomy/design; hazard control; patient access, care, and packaging; disentanglement; extrication and termination. Upon completion of the course, the student will be eligible to complete the PA Joint Rescue Program Basic Vehicle Rescue Examination. Text Book required: Jones & Bartlett, Vehicle Extrication – Level I & II: Principles and Practice, 1st Edition. Students must provide turnout gear, a notebook and pen/pencil. Prerequisite: NVRA, & HMA. Minimum age, 16. Minimum of 12 students required. EMS ConEd available. $65 tuition + $25 lab fee

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 0484-81                
    • Monday & Wednesday, November 15, 17, & 22, 6-10 p.m., & Sunday, November 21, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
      • Department of Health - Basic Vehicle Rescue Exam:  Wednesday, December 1, report time of 6:30 p.m. Cost $10.00*

*Non-PSTC candidates will be charged $20 Exam Fee, and must contact the Director two (2) weeks prior for proper course completion verification. Must have completed NVR-A & O within 1-year.

2021 ESI Experience: ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE!!!

Combination lecture and skills day event. Four (4) hour Electrical Vehicle Fires lecture with three (3) vehicle extrication scenarios support by ESI/Holmatro in collaboration with Westmoreland County CommunityCollege – PSTC. Stations include the following: Car on Car, Vehicle VS Tractor Trailer, and Patients trapped with Live Fire. $100.00 Tuition. Limited to 60 total students, 2 students per fire department initially. Student will receive a ballcap/t-shirt, lunch, and certificate of completion.

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 0911-81
    • Sunday, October 24, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Structure Collapse I (SCOA)

This course is designed to familiarize students with operations at the scene of a structure collapse so they may be able to function at the initial stages of a structural collapse operation, identify and magnitude hazards, recognize the need for assistance, and perform as an integral part of the overall operation once technical rescue teams are on site. This course gives the first responder the knowledge necessary to function effectively during the initial stages of a structural collapse incident. Assessing the magnitude of the situation, utilization of available resources, as well as
personnel safety are highly stressed. Information necessary for first
responders to integrate effectively with specialized collapse rescue teams is also provided. Prerequisite: Fire Service Personnel – ELIS. $10 tuition

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 7660-81                
    • Monday, October 11, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Structure Collapse II (SCOF)

This course is designed to teach students the skills necessary to perform at the operational level at structural collapse incidents involving light frame and heavy wall structures. This course gives fire department and rescue personnel the knowledge and skills necessary to operate effectively at incidents involving the collapse of light frame and heavy wall structures. You are given extensive hands on instruction in structure assessment, emergency shoring and stabilization, breaching building materials and patient packaging and extrication. Prerequisites: Confined Space Rescue (CSR) or Building Construction: Non-Combustible & Fire Resistive (BCN) or Building Construction: Wood and Ordinary (BCP) AND
Structural Collapse Operations I (SCOA). $55 tuition +$35 lab fee.

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 7662-81                
    • Monday & Wednesday, October 18 & 20, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturday, October 23, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Pro Board / IFSAC Preparation

Driver/Operator – Pumper Skills Preparation

This refresher course is for all experienced pump operators wanting to update or reinforce “rusty” skills or prepare for the next PSFA Pro Board/IFSAC Driver/ Operator - Pumper certification test. Students should have previously completed the requirements for Driver/Operator – Pumper certification or comparable training. Students must bring full turnout gear, and it is recommended that they bring their pumper to the second night of class for comfortability for proper preparation for the
certification. $50 tuition + $15 material fee

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 6660-81  
    • Monday & Wednesday’s, October 4, 6, & 11, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
      • Driver/Operator – Pumper Pro Board/IFSAC Certification Exam: Sunday, October 17, Report time of 7:30 a.m.
      • Application Deadline:  October 12 by 4 p.m. $175 Tuition

Driver/Operator – Mobile Water Supply Skills Preparation 

This refresher course is for all experienced mobile water supply (tanker) operators wanting to update or reinforce “rusty” skills or prepare for the next PSFA Pro Board/IFSACDriver/Operator – Mobile Water certification test. Students should have previously completed the requirements for Driver/Operator – Mobile Water certification or comparable training. Students must bring full turnout gear, and it is recommended that they bring their tanker to the second night of class for comfortability for proper
preparation for the certification. Recommended Prerequisite: TAWS. $50 tuition + $15 material fee

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 0950-81
    • Tuesday & Thursday, October 12, 14, & 19, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
      • Driver/Operator-Mobile Water Supply Certification Exam: Sunday, November 21 Report time of 7:30 a.m. Application Deadline:  October 30 by 4 p.m. $175 Tuition

Firefighter I Preparation

This refresher course is for all experienced firefighters wanting to update or reinforce “rusty” skills or prepare for the next Firefighter I certification test. Students should have previously completed an Essentials of Firefighting course or comparable entry level training. Advancing hose lines, raising ladders, folding salvage covers, working with SCBA, tying knots and hitches and rescuing victims are some of the skills that will be reviewed and practiced. Trained evaluators will lead the course. Students must bring full turnout gear, SCBA, spare cylinder, PASS device and 10 ft. of rope to all classes. Come prepared to refresh your skills in this intensive course. Prerequisite: ELIF or equivalent. $100 tuition + $10 lab fee

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 2170 81       
    • Tuesday & Thursdays, November 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 30, & December 2, & 7, 6-10 p.m.
      • Firefighter I Certification Exam: Written portion, Friday,
        December 10, report time of 6:30 p.m., Skills portion, Sunday, December 12, report time of 7:30 a.m. Application Deadline: Friday, December 3 by 4 p.m. $225 tuition

Firefighter II Application Package Prep

This class will go over the requirements for preparing the Firefighter II and associated application. Prerequisites: Committed to taking  Firefighter II Exam.

  • Fall Session
    • 21/FL PPRX 2171-81      
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, November 23, 30, & December 2, 7, & 9, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
      • Firefighter II Certification Exam: Written & Skills, Saturday, December 12, report time of 8 a.m. Application Deadline:  December 10 by 4 p.m. $175 Tuition
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Certification Exams

  1. Hazardous Materials Awareness Pro Board / IFSAC Certification: Monday, September 12, report time of 6:30 p.m. Application Deadline: night of exam. $25 Tuition
  2. Driver/Operator – Pumper Pro Board/IFSAC Certification Exam: Sunday, October 17, Report time of 7:30 a.m. Application Deadline:  October 12 by 4 p.m. $175 Tuition
  3. Driver/Operator-Mobile Water Supply Certification Exam: Sunday, November 21 Report time of 7:30 a.m. Application Deadline:  October 30 by 4 p.m. $175 Tuition
  4. Department of Health - Basic Vehicle Rescue Exam:  Wednesday, December 1, report time of 6:30 p.m. Cost $10.00*
  5. Traffic Incident Management System Certification Exam: Saturday, December 11, report time of 7:30 a.m. Application Deadline: December 3 at 4 p.m. $175.00 Cost
  6. Firefighter II Certification Exam: Written & Skills, Saturday, December 12, report time of 8 a.m. Application Deadline:  December 10 by 4 p.m. $175 Tuition
  7. Firefighter I Certification Exam:  Written portion, Friday, December 10, report time of 6:30 p.m., Skills portion, Saturday, December 12, report time of 7:30 a.m. Application Deadline:  Friday, December 3 by 4 p.m. Cost: $225.00

*Non-PSTC candidates will be charged $20 Exam Fee and must contact the Director two (2) weeks prior for proper course completion verification. Must have completed NVR-A & O within 1-year.

  • Please note application deadlines! Your completed application with required certificates of training AND payment must be received no later than 4 p.m. on the above dates to be considered! All prices for certification are based on required student to evaluator ratios. Additional costs may be applied based on number of candidates testing. Application and payment MUST be sent to: 
    • Marc Jackson, PSTC Director
    • 65 Public Safety Drive
    • Smithton, PA 15479

NO EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR HOLDING EXAM SPOT