Grant to provide training for hundreds of firefighters at PSTC

Date Published: September 29, 2017

Hundreds of volunteer firefighters will be trained at Westmoreland County Community College’s Public Safety Training Center as the result of $4.3 million federal grant.

The grant through FEMA's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, program will help 60 volunteer fire departments with recruitment, training and equipment.

"We are ready for the challenge. We are part of the community and it's our mission," said Westmoreland President Tuesday Stanley during a Friday event celebrating the grant at the PSTC in Smithton.

“When our board heard of the opportunity through the Westmoreland County Community Foundation to assist with the grant acquisition, we jumped at that chance,” said Doug Weimer, chairman of the Hempfield Township supervisors. "It's beyond Hempfield. It's the county, it's the region," Weimer said.

The Hempfield Bureau of Fire will manage the grant on behalf of the 60 departments, which plan to add up to 300 new firefighters.

 PSTC Grant