Successful Members Complete Firefighter 1
This weekend, members from the Lower Swatara Fire Department participated in the Firefighter 1 program held at Harrisburg Area Community College. The four members became certified by completing a written test Friday night and an all day practical Saturday, which included twelve physical stations in which the members had to show proficiency in every station.
A little about the Firefighter 1 program:
The National Pro-Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (NBFSPQ) approved the certification processes and procedures established by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and accredited Pennsylvania to offer Fire Fighter I certification.
The purpose of this program is to identify and recognize emergency service personnel whose accomplishments in training and education meets or exceeds nationally recognized standards. The NFPA standards for Fire Service Professional Qualifications identify the minimum requirements for a person at a particular level of progression. A person certified to one of the Fire Service Professional levels will have demonstrated competency in the knowledge and skills required to perform at a particular level. The service that can be offered to the citizens, visitors and communities of the Commonwealth will be enhanced by the professional competency attained through this certification process.
Source: Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Website