Fire and Rescue Training | Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, Pennsylvania


Fire and Rescue Training

Westmoreland's Public Safety Training Center offers fire and rescue classes each semester. Classes include:

  • Apparatus
    • Pump Operations
    • Testing Fire Department Pumpers
  • Fire Suppression
    • Firefighter Survival
    • Structural Firefighting
  • Rescue
    • Trench Rescue (TRRE)
    • Rope/High Angle Rescue
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Training at PSTC

Certified Training Classes & Certification Programs

In addition to offering training courses for our emergency response community, the PSTC offers Certified Pennsylvania State Fire Academy Firefighter Training Classes and serves as a designated test site for the Volunteer Fire Service Certification Program.

Volunteer Fire Service Certification Program

The Volunteer Fire Service Certification Program is developed in accordance with and consistent to established standards by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The PSTC is designated as a test site by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State Fire Academy and the Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC).

Currently, the PSTC offers the following certification exams:

  • Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • Firefighter I
  • Firefighter II
  • Instructor I
  • Fire Officer I
  • Driver/Operator - Pumper

Additional exams may be available for piloting based on request and PSFA availability.

Certified PA State Fire Academy Firefighter Training Classes

Certified instructors, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, can conduct classes on site at local fire stations. These classes provide excellent hands-on and classroom instruction. The individual department's equipment and apparatus are used.

More than 100 classes are available, including:

  • Aerial Apparatus Practices
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Exterior Firefighter
  • Fire Police
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Managing Company Operations
  • Pump Operations
  • Rope/High Angle Rescue

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