Message from the Editor: Chief Rick Wilson
Welcome to the first edition of the PIT ARFF Update e-Newsletter! The PIT ARFF e-Newsletter is filled with information on upcoming training along with other important ARFF events.
Pittsburgh International Airport ARFF training facility provides top-of-the-line Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) training to firefighters from the United States and around the world.
Nowhere else can you find more comprehensive firefighter training and emergency services instruction than with the PIT ARFF training facility. Today, Pittsburgh trains more than 1,000 emergency responders from many states and the island of Puerto Rico each year.
We're looking forward to seeing you in 2008!
Sign up for 2008 Training Classes!
Training classes are held: January-July and August-December. To register, click the appropriate month, print and fill out then submit the registration form. For more information about the class call (412) 472-5758 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Payment Policy and 2008 Rates)
Here at ARFF Pittsburgh, we offer a variety of courses and class schedules to prepare students for numerous fire safety situations. Some of the courses we offer include:
- Annual Training
- ARFF Training
- 8 hour recurrent training
- 16 hour ARFF training
- Confined Space Training
- Hazardous Materials
NIMS / ICS
AAAE basic and advanced classes will be held April 14 through April 18. For registration information and rates, contact Dorn Sanders at AAAE 703-824-0500, ext. 151 or email at email@example.com.
New Fire Lieutenants
Congratulations Tim Holmes and Matt Eicher! Tim and Matt were promoted to the rank of Fire Lieutenants on October 29, 2007.
Tim has 10 years in the Department and Matt has 7.
Matt Eicher Tim Holmes
The selection process for Lieutenant is very intense and includes a written exam, a report writing exam based on a video mock disaster and an oral interview with a board including Chief Rick Wilson, Deputy Chief Brian Colella and Captain Tom Morris. There are certifications the applicants are required to have.
The responsibilities of the Fire Lieutenants include coordinating a shift of approximately 14 firefighters during daily activities, as well as during emergency calls. The Fire Rescue Department responds to Aircraft Emergencies, fires and alarms in any building on Pittsburgh International Airport property (including the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and USAF Reserve bases), rescue calls involving elevators and motor vehicles, and Hazardous Materials incidents to name a few. In between emergencies, Fire Rescue also coordinates Hot Work inspections, Confined Space inspections, Fire Prevention visits to tenants, Fire Extinguisher Training and CPR/AED Classes.
Welcome New Firefighters!
First row-- Ronald Waggett, Edward Werner, Jonathan Zwierzynski, Eric Wissner
Back row-- Douglas Greer, Zachary Best, Scott Mathieson, David Hershey
The Fire Rescue Division of ACAA Operations recently added 8 new firefighters to the ranks.
The new firefighters started working regular shifts on January 20 after completing 10 weeks of training.
In a commencement ceremony held on January 18th, Chief Executive Officer Brad Penrod and Director of Operations Nino Sapone welcomed the new firefighters to the Airport community. Also participating in the ceremony were William Ruth, Western Regional Supervisor for the State Fire Academy, Chief Richard Wilson and several members of the Fire Rescue staff. After the ceremony, a luncheon for the new firefighters, their families and guests was held at Fire Station Echo. The luncheon was sponsored by both the Authority and International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1038.
Allegheny County Airport Authority Sponsors Training Class for Airport Firefighters from Across the Country
During September 24-28, 2007, the Pittsburgh International Airport ARFF Training Facility had the pleasure of once again hosting the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Basic and Advanced ARFF Schools.
Sixty students from airports all over the country participated in the week-long classes. The classes included lecture and live fire training. Just like every year, the night burn was a crowd favorite, with several members of the local media covering the event.
This year we incorporated several guest speakers including; Paul Powell from Texas Engineering Extension Service; Dave Shanahan and Dave Sample also from US Airways Maintenance and Training Division; US Airways pilot Pat Smith; Ken Hoff from UPS Safety Division; Bill Ruth and Nelson Miller from the Pa. State Fire Academy; and from ACAA Charlie Madden (Field Maintenance) and Jeff Christiana (Operations).
Several members of the Fire Rescue Department participated as well as our own staff instructors.
Our Commitment to the CommunityMuscular Dystrophy Fundraiser
Allegheny County Fire Fighters Local 1038, were honored with a plaque on October 12, 2007 for their fundraising efforts in the Muscular Dystrophy Association's "Fill the Boot" Drive.
The firefighters raised $736, which sends one local child with Muscular Dystrophy to a week-long summer camp for young people with neuromuscular disease. This year, the funds will send 5-year-old Kendle Haught from Washington, PA, to summer camp.
"Kids wait all year for the camp. It's like Christmas," said Randi Minerva, District Field Representative for Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc.
"Most of all, we thank those who took a second to reach into their pocket and donate to a future where ailments that prohibit many people from living normal, healthy lives will be a part of world history. Without each of you there would be no hope and no chance to succeed," said Gene Hillard, the Union President for Local 1038.
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P: (412) 472-5871