Current PTSC Class Schedule | Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, Pennsylvania

2022 PSTC Schedule

New Reduced Cost for Essentials

PSTC has reduced the tuition cost of the Essentials series, Firefighter I Prep, and certification exams, new costs:

  • ELIS is now $45.00
  • HMA is now $10.00
  • ELFG is now $105.00
  • ELEF is now $130.00
  • ELIF is now $150.00 + $20 Lab Fee
  • Firefighter I Prep is now $100.00 + $10 Lab Fee
  • Firefighter II Prep is now $65.00 + $10 Lab Fee
  • Detailed PSFA Certification exams are now $200.00
    • Firefigher I, II, HMO, Pumper, Aerial, & Mobile Water Supply - Driver/Operator Exams

Course Changes and Announcements as of 5/05/2022

  • As of June 1, 2022 Westmoreland PSTC will be switching over to the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PSFA) 2022 Essentials Level (EL22).
    • Due to the change by the PSFA, the following will occur:
      • All students are required to have and use  Essentials of Fire Fighting, Seventh Edition by International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA)
      • Introduction to the Fire Service (ELIS):
        • No change in hours
      • Fire Ground Support (ELFG):
        • No change in hours
      • Exterior Firefighter (ELEF):
        • Now 40-hours instead of 52-hours.
      • Interior Firefighter Extended (ELIF EXT):
        • 60-hours instead of 52-hours.
  • Date Changes for:
    • Interior Firefighter @ PSTC:
      • Tuesday & Thursdays, October 25, 27, & November 1, 3, 8, 10, 16, & 17, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturdays, October 29, & November 5 & 19, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., & Wednesday, November 16, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
    • Interior Firefighter @ Murrysville Center:
      • Tuesday & Thursdays, October 25, 27, November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, & 17, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Monday, November 7, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturdays, October 29, November 5, & 19, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
      • Thursday, November 17 & Saturday, November 19 at Westmoreland PSTC
    • Health and Safety Officer Pro Board (only):
      Saturday, November 19, Report time:  7:30 a.m., Scheduled for 8 a.m. -noon.

 

  • Essentials Series Quick Glance per Location: All weekday courses are from 6:30-10:30 p.m. & Summer/Fall PSTC training center locations updated to the new Essentials Series

 

  • Corrections Due to Change in Essentials Program:
    • Please review associated Essnetials, Hazardous Materials Operations, and Firefighter I Prep date changes due to new Essentials Program

 

  • Registration Guidelines
  • PRE-REGISTRATION is required to ensure sufficient enrollment.
  • All classes require a minimum of ten (10) students, unless otherwise specified
  • Maximum class is thirty (30) unless otherwise specified
  • Classes not meeting minimum enrollment five (5) days prior to the start date WILL BE CANCELED
  • 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 skills where applicable at:
            Monroeville PSTC
            2465 Johnston Rd.
            Monroeville, PA 15146
    • Westmoreland Main Campus, 145 Pavilion Ln, Youngwood, PA 15697
      • Business and Industry Center (BIC)
      • Room 4301 for EMT
      • Room 4405 for PSTC courses
  • Please be sure to select the correct location with associated course code.

Certificates of Completion:

  • Certificates of Completion will be received electronic via your provided email and, depending on time of year, may take up to 60-days to be processed and emailed out.

 

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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom and field use, fire fighter protective clothing (day of skills), and proper arrangements for apparatus usage with their department or associate student departments (Apparatus is not required the first day of class). Prerequisite: ELFG or EBM & minimum age of 18+. $65 tuition + $10 material fee.
    • Fall Session B
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  647
      • Monday & Wednesday, October 17 & 19, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturday, October 22, 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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom and field use, fire fighter protective clothing (day of skills), and proper arrangements for apparatus usage with their department or associate student departments (Apparatus is not required the first day of class). Prerequisite: PUOP & minimum age of 18+. $65 tuition + $10 material fee.
    • Fall Session B
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  666
      • Monday & Wednesday, October 24 & 26, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturday, October 29, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Driver/Operator – Pumper Skills Preparation 
    • See Pro Board / IFSAC Preparation Section for full course description & requirements. $65 tuition + $10 material fee
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  667
      • Tuesdays & Thursday, November 1, 3, & 8, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Driver/Operator – Pumper Certification
    • Application and exam requirements Available Here
    • $200.00 Tuition
    • Candidate is responsible for proper arrangements for apparatus usage with their department or associate candidate departments; signed letter from associate candidate department permitting use of apparatus is required.
    • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
    • Sunday, November 20, Report time of 7:30 a.m.
    • Application Deadline:  November 8
  • 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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom and field use, fire fighter protective clothing (day of skills), and proper arrangements for apparatus usage with their department or associate student departments (Apparatus is not required the first day of class). Prerequisite: ELIS or IST & minimum age of 18+. $65 tuition + $10 material fee
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  668
      • Tuesdays & Thursday, October 18, 20, 6:30-10:30 p.m. & Sunday, October 23, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Driver/Operator – Mobile Water Supply Skills Preparation
    • See Pro Board / IFSAC Preparation Section for full course description & requirements.  $65 tuition + $10 material fee
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  669
      • Tuesdays & Thursday, October 25, 27, & November 1, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Driver/Operator – Mobile Water Supply Certification Exam
    • Application and exam requirements Available Here
    • $200.00 tuition
    • Candidate is responsible for proper arrangements for apparatus usage with their department or associate candidate departments; signed letter from associate candidate department permitting use of apparatus is required.
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Sunday, November 20, Report time of 7:30 a.m.
      • Application Deadline:  November 8
  • 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. EMS ConEd available. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom and field use, fire fighter protective clothing (day of skills), and proper arrangements for apparatus usage with their department or associate student departments (Apparatus is not required the first day of class). Prerequisite: minimum age of 18+. $65 tuition + $10 material fee.
    • Fall Session A
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  670
      • Monday & Wednesday, October 10 & 12, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturday, October 15, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Fall Session B
      • Location:  Murrysville Campus, 6707 Mellon Road, Export, PA 15632
      • Class ID:  830
      • Saturday & Sunday*, October 22 & 23, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
      • *Sunday, October 23 skills location at Monroeville PSTC, 2465 Johnston Rd, Monroeville, PA 15146

Officer Development / Support Operation

  • Alternative Fueled Vehicles – Introduction
  • Westmoreland Exclusive 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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom. Prerequisite: minimum age of 14+. $15 tuition
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  New Kensington Campus, 1150 5th Ave, New Kensington, PA 15068
      • Class ID:  833
      • Wednesday, November 16, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Westmoreland Exclusive 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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom. Prerequisite: minimum age of 14+. $15 tuition
    • Fall Session A
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  671
      • Tuesday, November 1, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
    • Fall Session B
      • Location:  Murrysville Campus, 6707 Mellon Road, Export, PA 15632
      • Class ID:  838
      • Monday, November 7, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
  • Company Readiness for the Fire Service
  • Westmoreland Exclusive 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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom. Prerequisite: ELIF or equivalent & minimum age of 18+. $15 tuition
    •  Fall Session
      • Location:  Murrysville Campus, 6707 Mellon Road, Export, PA 15632
      • Class ID:  834
      • Tuesday, October 11, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • New! 
  • Fireground Strategy & Tactics 
  • Westmoreland Exclusive Initial strategy and tactics for the fireground to include apparatus placement, use of attack and support hose lines, ventilation procedures, rescue operations, forcible entry operations and establishment of a command structure. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom. Prerequisite: ELIF or equivalent & minimum age of 18+. $65 tuition
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  672
      • Tuesday & Thursday, November 15 & 17, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturday, November 19, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • NEW!
  • Health and Safety Officer
  • Westmoreland Exclusive with Certification Option This program examines the role of the Health and Safety Officer in regards to policy and procedures that directly affect the health and safety of first responders.  Areas covered include risk analysis, occupational health and safety, wellness and implementation of management program. Emergency service managers that handle health and safety responsibilities associated with JPRs identified in NFPA 1521 are encouraged to take. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom, & Occupational Safety and Health in the Emergency Services, 4th edition, by James S. Angle. Prerequisite: Minimum age of 18+, & Incident Safety Officer (ISO), HMO/R. Recommended minimum of 5-years of emergency service experience since the age of 18. $65 tuition + $10 Lab fee
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  Westmoreland Main Campus, 145 Pavilion Ln, Youngwood, PA 15697
        • Business and Industry Center (BIC) 
      • Class ID:  870
      • Saturday & Sunday, October 29, 30, & November 5, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
      • Health and Safety Officer Pro Board (only):
        Saturday, November 19, Report time:  7:30 a.m., Scheduled for 8 a.m. -noon.
      • Location:  Westmoreland Main Campus, 145 Pavilion Ln, Youngwood, PA 15697Business and Industry Center (BIC)
        • Prerequisite: Minimum age of 23+, NICS-FS or NICS-EMS or ICS & HMO/R, Minimum of 5-years of emergency service experience since the age of 18
        • See Certification Testing section for further details and requirements.
  • Reading Smoke                                                                                                        Westmoreland Exclusive 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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom. Prerequisite: Minimum age of 14+, & ELEF or Equivalent. $15.00 tuition
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  Murrysville Campus, 6707 Mellon Road, Export, PA 15632
      • Class ID:  881
      • Thursday, November 17, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Traffic Incident Management (TIMS)
  • With Certification Exam 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. In addition, this class is extended to prepare the individual for Pro Board certification exam. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom. Prerequisite: Minimum age of 14+. $50.00 tuition + $10.00 Lab fee
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  Murrysville Campus, 6707 Mellon Road, Export, PA 15632
      • Class ID:  888
      • Saturday, October 29, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Traffic Incident Management Technician Pro Board (only)*
      • Saturday, November 5, Report time:  7:30 a.m., Scheduled for 8 a.m. -noon.
      • Location:  Murrysville Campus, 6707 Mellon Road, Export, PA 15632

*See Certification Testing section for further details and requirements.

Fire Suppression

  • Fire Dynamics: - Practical Applications
  • Westmoreland Exclusive This course will expand upon knowledge of fire dynamics as it relates to modern fire attack in residential structure fires. Specific topics will include fire spread via improper ventilation, flow path identification, and positive pressure ventilation. This course will be practically based with adequate time for multiple evolutions involving “doll house” type structures to show fire dynamics in a live fire setting. The basis of the course is currently completed UL/NIST research with further expansion of “real life” examples. Prerequisites: Fire Dynamics: Strategies and Tactics (FDST) or requisite knowledge of modern fire attack principles as per UL/NIST Research. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom. Prerequisite: Minimum age of 14+, & ELEF or Equivalent. $15 tuition + $10 lab fee
    • Fall Session A
      • Location:  Murrysville Campus, 6707 Mellon Road, Export, PA 15632
      • Class ID:  889
      • Wednesday, November 2, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
    • Fall Session B
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  674
      • Thursday, November 3, 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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom, TOG, SCBA, & spare cylinder. Prerequisite: Minimum age of 18+, ELIF with “Live Fire,” SBS, or Firefighter I. $100 tuition + $25 lab fee
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  677
      • Monday & Wednesday, October 17 & 19, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m., & Saturday, October 22, 6 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.

Hazardous Materials

 

  • 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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom, TOG, SCBA, & spare cylinder. Prerequisite: Minimum age of 16+. ConEd Available. 100% attendance required for PSFA. $75 tuition.
    • Fall Session A
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  682
      • Starts, Tuesday, October 18 @ 6:30 p.m.
        • Tuesday & Thursday, October 18 & 20, 6:30-10:30 p.m., &
        • Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
    • Fall session B
      • Location:  Murrysville Campus, 6707 Mellon Road, Export, PA 15632
      • Class ID:  683
      • Starts, Wednesday, October 19 @ 6:30 p.m.
        • Monday & Wednesday, October 19 & 24, 6:30-10:30 p.m., &
        • Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
           
  • Hazardous Materials Operations (HMO) Pro Board / IFSAC Certification Exam 
    • Application and exam requirements Available Here
    • $200.00 Tuition
    • Prerequisite: Minimum age of 16+, completed application with current PSFA approved HMA or higher certificate of training.
    • Fall Session 
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Saturday, December 3, Report Time of 7:30 a.m.
      • Application Deadline:  November 11, by 4 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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom, & TOG, SCBA & spare cylinder. Prerequisite: Minimum age of 16+, & HMO/R. EMS ConEd available. $20 tuition
    • Fall Session A
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  684
      • Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    • Fall Session B
      • Location:  Murrysville Campus, 6707 Mellon Road, Export, PA 15632
      • Class ID:  685
      • Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania Entry Level Firefighting

  • May 5, 2022 Update to Program
    • As of June 1, 2022 Westmoreland PSTC will be switching over to the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PSFA) 2022 Essentials Level (EL22).
    • Due to the change by the PSFA, the following will occur:
      • All students are required to have and use  Essentials of Fire Fighting, Seventh Edition by International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA)
      • Introduction to the Fire Service (ELIS):
        • No change in hours or cost.
      • Fire Ground Support (ELFG):
        • No change in hours or cost.
      • Exterior Firefighter (ELEF):
        • Now 40-hours instead of 52-hours.
      • Interior Firefighter Extended (ELIF EXT):
        • 60-hours instead of 52-hours.

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. Essentials of Fire Fighting, Seventh Edition by International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) 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 (14+) may attend the first three courses. Minimum age for Interior Firefighter is 18+ at the onset of the class.

  • Essentials Series Quick Glance per Location:
    • See individual course description below for requirements and cost.

 

  • Fall Session A at Murrysville Campus:
    • ELEF
      • Class ID: 892
      • Starts, Wednesday, October 5 @ 6:30 p.m.
        • Wednesdays & Monday, October 5, 10, 12,  & 17,  6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturday & Sunday, October 8, 9,  & 15,  8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • HMO
      • Class ID: 683
      • Starts, Wednesday, October 19 @ 6:30 p.m.
        • Monday & Wednesday, October 19 & 24, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
    • ELIF
      • Class ID: 892
      • Starts Tuesday, October 25 @ 6:30 p.m.
        • Tuesday & Thursdays, October 25, 27, November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, & 17, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Monday, November 7, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturdays, October 29, November 5, & 19, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
        • Thursday, November 17 & Saturday, November 19 at Westmoreland PSTC
  • Falls Session B at Westmoreland PSTC:
    • ELEF
      • Class ID: 688
      • Starts, Saturday, October 8 @ 8 a.m.
        • Saturday & Sunday, October 8, 9, 15, & 16, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., & Thursdays & Tuesday, October 11,  & 13,  6:30-10:30 p.m.
    • HMO
      • Class ID: 682
      • Starts, Tuesday, October 18 @ 6:30 p.m.
        • Tuesday & Thursday, October 18 & 20, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
    • ELIF
      • Class ID: 689
      • Starts Tuesday, October 25 @ 6:30 p.m.
        • Tuesday & Thursdays, October 25, 27, & November 1, 3, 8, 10, 16, & 17, 6:30-10:30 p.m., & Saturdays, October 29, & November 5 & 19, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., & Wednesday, November 16, 6:30-10:30 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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom, Essentials of Fire Fighting, 7th Edition & TOG, SCBA, & spare cylinder. Prerequisite: Minimum age of 14+, ELFG, NIMS 700, & ICS 100. $130 tuition
    • Fall Session A
      • Location:  Murrysville Campus, 6707 Mellon Road, Export, PA 15632
      • Class ID: 892
      • Starts, Wednesday, October 5 @ 6:30 p.m.
        • Wednesdays & Monday, October 5, 10, 12,  & 17,  6:30-10:30 p.m., &
        • Saturday & Sunday, October 8, 9,  & 15,  8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Fall Session B
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID: 688
      • Starts, Saturday, October 8 @ 8 a.m.
        • Saturday & Sunday, October 8, 9, 15, & 16, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., &
        • Thursdays & Tuesday, October 11,  & 13,  6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • HAZMAT Operations Level (HMOJB)
    • See Hazardous Materials Section for full course description & requirements. 100% attendance required for PSFA. $75 tuition
    • Fall Session A
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID: 682
      • Starts, Tuesday, October 18 @ 6:30 p.m.
        • Tuesday & Thursday, October 18 & 20, 6:30-10:30 p.m., &
        • Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
    • Fall session B
      • Location:  Murrysville Campus, 6707 Mellon Road, Export, PA 15632
      • Class ID: 683
      • Starts, Wednesday, October 19 @ 6:30 p.m.
        • Monday & Wednesday, October 19 & 24, 6:30-10:30 p.m., &
        • Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
  • Interior Firefighter (ELIF)                                                                                     
  •  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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom, Essentials of Fire Fighting, 7th Edition, TOG, SCBA, & spare cylinder. Prerequisite: Minimum age of 18+, ELEF, & current PSFA approved HMO/R. $150 tuition + $20 lab fee
    • Fall Session A
      • Location:  Murrysville Campus, 6707 Mellon Road, Export, PA 15632
      • Class ID: 893
      • Starts Tuesday, October 25 @ 6:30 p.m.
        • Tuesday & Thursdays, October 25, 27, November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, & 17, 6:30-10:30 p.m., &
        • Monday, November 7, 6:30-10:30 p.m., &
        • Saturdays, October 29, November 5, & 19, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
        • Thursday, November 17 & Saturday, November 19 at Westmoreland PSTC
    • Fall Session B
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID: 689
      • Starts Tuesday, October 25 @ 6:30 p.m.
        • Tuesday & Thursdays, October 25, 27, & November 1, 3, 8, 10, 16, & 17, 6:30-10:30 p.m., &
        • Saturdays, October 29, & November 5 & 19, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., & Wednesday, November 16, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Firefighter I Preparation
  • Westmoreland Exclusive
    • See Certification Preparation Section for full course description & requirements. $100 tuition + $10 lab fee
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID: 690
      • Starts, Tuesday, November 15 @ 6 p.m., then 
        • Wednesday & Mondays, November 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, December 5 & 7, 6-10 p.m.
  • Firefighter I Pro Board / IFSAC Certification Written & Skills Exam
    • Application and exam requirements Available Here
    • Tuition $200.00
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Written:  Friday, December 9, Report time: 6:30 p.m.
      • Skills:  Saturday, December 10, Report time: 7:30 a.m.
      • Application Deadline:  November 28

Pennsylvania Advanced Firefighting Series

  • Basic Vehicle Rescue Awareness (NVR-A)
    • See Rescue Section for full course description & requirements. $100 tuition + $30 lab fee
    • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
    • Class ID: 691
    • Monday & Wednesday, October 24 & 26, 6-10 p.m., & Saturday & Sunday, October 29 & 30, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Basic Vehicle Rescue Operations (NVR-O)
    • See Rescue Section for full course description & requirements. $100 tuition + $30 lab fee
    • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
    • Class ID:  692
    • Tuesday & Thursday, November 1 & 3, 6-10 p.m., & Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Firefighter II Skills Preparation
  • Westmoreland Exclusive
    • See Certification Preparation Section for full course description & requirements. $100 tuition + $10 lab fee. 
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  693
      • Tuesday & Thursday, October 11 (Application Prep Night), & November 8, 10, 15, & 17, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • HAZMAT Operations Level Refresher (HMORJB)
    • See Hazardous Materials Section for full course description & requirements. $20 tuition + $10 lab fee
    • Fall Session A
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  684
      • Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    • Fall Session B
      • Location:  Murrysville Campus, 6707 Mellon Road, Export, PA 15632
      • Class ID:  685
      • Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Firefighter II Pro Board / IFSAC Certification Written & Skills Exam
    • Application and exam requirements Available Here
    • Tuition $200.00
    • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
    • Fall Session
      • Written:  Friday, December 9, Report time: 6:30 p.m.
      • Skills:  Saturday, December 10, Report time: 7:30 a.m.
      • Application Deadline:  November 28

Rescue Programs

  • Basic 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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom, Jones & Bartlett, Vehicle Extrication – Level I & II: Principles and Practice, 1st Edition (required), & TOG or rescue PPE. Prerequisite: Minimum age of 16+ & current approved PSFA HMA or higher. Minimum of 12 students required. EMS ConEd Available. $100 tuition + $30 lab fee
    • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
    • Class ID:  691
    • Monday & Wednesday, October 24 & 26, 6-10 p.m., & Saturday & Sunday, October 29 & 30, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Basic 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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom, Jones & Bartlett, Vehicle Extrication – Level I & II: Principles and Practice, 1st Edition (required), & TOG or rescue PPE. Prerequisite: Minimum age of 16+, NVRA (must be less than a year old) & current approved PSFA HMA or higher. Minimum of 12 students required. EMS ConEd Available. $100 tuition + $30 lab fee
    • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
    • Class ID:  692
    • Tuesday & Thursday, November 1 & 3, 6-10 p.m., & Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician Exam
    • $10 Exam Fee
    • *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
    • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
    • Wednesday, November 9, Report time:  6:30 p.m.

Pro Board / IFSAC Preparation

  • 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/IFSAC Driver/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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom and field use, fire fighter protective clothing (day of skills), and proper arrangements for apparatus usage with their department or associate student departments (Apparatus is not required the first day of class). Prerequisite: ELIS or IST, recommended TAWS, & minimum age of 18+.  $65 tuition + $10 material fee
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  669
      • Tuesdays & Thursday, October 25, 27, & November 1, 6:30-10:30 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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom and field use, fire fighter protective clothing (day of skills), and proper arrangements for apparatus usage with their department or associate student departments (Apparatus is not required the first day of class). Prerequisite: Recommended PUOA & minimum age of 18+. $65 tuition + $10 material fee
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  667
      • Tuesdays & Thursday, November 1, 3, & 8, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Firefighter I Preparation
  • Westmoreland Exclusive 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. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom. Prerequisite: Minimum age of 18+, & ELIF with “Live Fire” or SBS, current approved PSFA HMO/R, all additional requirements for FF I exam per PSFA Certification Department. $100 tuition + $10 lab fee
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  690
      • Starts, Tuesday, November 15 @ 6 p.m., then 
        • Wednesday & Mondays, November 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, December 5 & 7, 6-10 p.m.
  • Firefighter II Skills Preparation
  • Westmoreland Exclusive Allows currently certified Firefighter I students to review various firefighting skills and equipment issues in preparation to take the Firefighter II certification test. The subjects include: Communications, Fire Behavior, Safety, Water Supply, Hose Testing, Fire Streams and Foam, Protective Systems, Building Construction, Ladder Testing, Rescue Practices, Ventilation, Fire Cause Determination, Fire Suppression and Pre-incident Planning. First night of class is a walk-through of the application process and how to properly prepare the residential and commercial pre-plans; no TOG/SCBA is required that evening. In addition, the first night of class is spaced out from the other classes to permit the candidate time to work on their application, while potentially completing other required courses of completion for the Firefighter II exam, such as the vehicle rescue series & HMOR. Student Equipment/Supply Needs: Pen/Pencil, Notebook suitable for classroom, & TOG/SCBA (not needed first night of class). Prerequisite: Minimum age of 18+, & Firefighter I certification, all additional requirements for FF II exam per PSFA Certification Department. $100 tuition + $10 lab fee. 
    • Fall Session
      • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
      • Class ID:  693
      • Tuesday & Thursday, October 11 (Application Prep Night), & November 8, 10, 15, & 17, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Certification Testing

Professional Certification Program(s) are designed to recognize emergency service personnel that have demonstrated proficiency and an ability to do the job in accordance with nationally recognized peer-developed standards via the NFPA standards for Fire Service Professional Qualifications. An individual certified to one of the many levels offered will have demonstrated competency in the knowledge and skills required to perform at a particular fire service professional qualification level. Obtaining a certification will augment the professional competency of you and your department.

Please note application deadlines! Your completed application with required certificates of training AND payment must be received no later than 4 p.m. per the deadline dates to be considered! All prices for certification are based on required candidate 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

Certification Retesting Policy

  • Skills retesting for any PSFA Certification Exam during initial skills testing is NOT GUARANTEED nor REQUIRED and is subject to multiple conditions, to include, but not limited to: PSFA certification policy, weather, number of retests, and associated time related to associated retests.
    • Typically, no retesting of skills is permitted after 4:30 p.m., but subject to review at the time of exam.
  • Written Retests can be scheduled at the PSTC based on both candidate and Test Site Coordinators availability.
  • Skill Retesting can be rescheduled when a regular skills exam is scheduled to run, and is subject to evaluators associated with scheduled exam being qualified to retest said skills and candidate size of scheduled exam.
    • Private skills retest (not encouraged) can be scheduled for $255.00 per candidate, but is subject to site availability and required staffing. Associated fee is to cover cost of staff required per PSFA.

PSFA Professional Certification Programs

  • Are both National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

 

  • Instructor II Certification Written Exam
    • Application and exam requirements Available Here
    • Tuition to be determined by PSFA
    • Location:  New Kensington Campus, 1150 5th Ave, New Kensington, PA 15068
    • Sunday, October 23, post class
    • Application Deadline:  October 9
  • Driver/Operator – Mobile Water Supply Certification
    • Application and exam requirements Available Here
    • Candidate is responsible for proper arrangements for apparatus usage with their department or associate candidate departments; signed letter from associate candidate department permitting use of apparatus is required.
    • $200.00 Tuition
    • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
    • Sunday, November 20, Report time of 7:30 a.m.
    • Application Deadline:  November 8
  • Driver/Operator – Pumper Certification
    • Application and exam requirements Available Here
    • Candidate is responsible for proper arrangements for apparatus usage with their department or associate candidate departments; signed letter from associate candidate department permitting use of apparatus is required.
    • $200.00 Tuition
    • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
    • Sunday, November 20, Report time of 7:30 a.m.
    • Application Deadline:  November 8
  • Hazardous Materials Operations (HMO) Certification Exam
    • Application and exam requirements Available Here
    • $200.00 Tuition
    • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
    • Saturday, December 3, Report Time of 7:30 a.m.
    • Application Deadline:  November 11, by 4 p.m.
  • Firefighter I Written & Skills Certification Exam
    • Application and exam requirements Available Here
    • $200.00 Tuition
    • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
    • Written:  Friday, December 9, Report time: 6:30 p.m.
    • Skills:  Saturday, December 10, Report time: 7:30 a.m.
    • Application Deadline:  November 28
  • Firefighter II Written & Skills Certification Exam
    • Application and exam requirements Available Here
    • $200.00 Tuition
    • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
    • Written:  Friday, December 9, Report time: 6:30 p.m.
    • Skills:  Saturday, December 10, Report time: 7:30 a.m.
    • Application Deadline:  November 28

Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) Certification Programs

  • Only National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board). Application will be provided during class. If challenging exam, please contact PSTC Director for application.

 

  • Traffic Incident Management Technician Pro Board
    • Location:  Murrysville Campus, 6707 Mellon Road, Export, PA 15632
    • Saturday, November 5, Report time:  7:30 a.m., Scheduled for 8 a.m. -noon.
    • Prerequisite:  Minimum age of 18+, & completion National TIM & Responder Safety training program, such as the PSFA approved program
    • FDSOA Exam Fee - $95.00
  • Health and Safety Officer Pro Board
    • Location:  Westmoreland Main Campus, 145 Pavilion Ln, Youngwood, PA 15697, Business and Industry Center (BIC) Room 4405
    • Prerequisite: Minimum age of 23+, NICS-FS or NICS-EMS or ICS & HMO/R, Minimum of 5-years of emergency service experience since the age of 18
    • Health and Safety Officer Pro Board (only):
      Saturday, November 19, Report time:  7:30 a.m., Scheduled for 8 a.m. -noon.
    • FDSOA Exam Fee - $95.00

Pennsylvania Department of Health Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician Exam Schedule

  • $10 Exam Fee
  • 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
  • Fall Session A
    • Location:  Westmoreland PSTC, 65 Public Safety Drive, Smithton, Pa 15479
    • Wednesday, November 9, Report time:  6:30 p.m.