A well trained firefighter is one who is prepared for whatever is thrown their way – one who can safely and effectively complete the task at hand and be successful, while serving the people of the Centre Region. Within 18 months of joining, we require our firefighters to obtain state Firefighter 1 and Hazmat Operations certifications, along with First Aid and CPR/AED. 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 completion of the Engine Pre-Emergency Response Training (PERT) program. In this program, an Alpha trainee (probationary firefighter) learns the basic structure of the Alpha Fire Company, learns the structure and role of the Engine Company, and learns and then reinforces skills necessary 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.