The Alpha Fire Company announces the return of its popular Firefighter-for-a-Day event. This event provides a unique opportunity to those who have considered becoming a volunteer firefighter at Alpha or who simply want to learn more about the role of a firefighter. The event will be held from 6:00 pm Friday, August 15 through 6:00 pm Saturday, August 16. The Alpha Fire Company last hosted this event in 2011.
According to Chief Jeff Martin, a twenty seven-year Alpha volunteer, the event is hands-on with participants experiencing fire station life, handling gear and equipment, and responding to emergency calls. “It is 24 hours at Alpha” says Martin, who adds “The enrollment is limited to ten to maximize the involvement of participants”. Centre Region residents are given first priority for enrollment. In prior years the company gained two or three new members after they participated in the event.
In addition to bunking-in at the fire station, this year’s participants will handle hoses, work in a smoke-filled environment, and operate vehicle rescue equipment. All meals and equipment are provided by Alpha and there is no cost to participate in the program. Interested persons are asked to register for this event by Tuesday, August 12. To register, fill out the registration and application forms found here:
or stop by Alpha’s Borough Fire Station at 400 W. Beaver Avenue in State College Borough.
For more information:
Contact: Assistant Chief Tony Berrena or Fire Director Steve Bair
Phone: 814-237-4127 or 814-237-5359