A well trained firefighter is a safe and prepared firefighter – one that can effectively serve the residents of the Centre Region in a variety of emergency and service scenarios. Our firefighters are required to be certified by the state to the Firefighter I level as well as be certified in Hazardous Material Operations, First Aid, and AED/CPR. In addition to our mandated requirements, members must meet annual training requirements from a combination of both in-house and outside training.
Probationary members are introduced to the company and its operations through mandatory attendance of the Engine Pre-Emergency Response Training (PERT) program. In this program, they learn the basic structure of the Alpha Fire Company, the structure and role of the Engine Company, and learn or reinforce skills taught in preparation for state certification.
Once finished with the Engine PERT program, members have the option to expand their skill sets by advancing to the the Truck Company PERT. The Truck PERT reinforces skills learned in state-level courses, including search and rescue, ventilation, salvage and overhaul. Because the Centre Region requires the protection a tower or ladder truck provides, Alphas also learn proper operation of the aerial devices and capabilities they add to fire suppression and rescue. Operations as a member of the Truck Company are typically more demanding, independent, and require a more experienced firefighter.
The Rescue Company PERT is the final stage of formal in-house training designed to familiarize firefighters with the operations and equipment of the Rescue Company. The Rescue Company is generally comprised of the most flexible and well-seasoned firefighters who supply specialized support to an incident, including rescue of downed fellow firefighters, high and low-angle rescue, structural collapse rescue and recovery, vehicle rescue, industrial rescue, as well as general readiness for unspecified incidents.