Achievements

  • Participated as first students in training and certification as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)
  • First off-site training grounds certified to conduct Pennsylvania Firefighter Certification testing under the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, National Professional Qualification Board’s sanction
  •  First department in Mercer County to use radio pager system to alert its members to emergencies and fire calls. 
  •  Reached 100% of active volunteer firefighters being certified at various disciplines under the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner’s Voluntary Certification Program
  •  Constructed over twelve pieces of fire apparatus and rescue vehicles in our own fire department shop. 
  •  First known fire department in Mercer County to use computers as administrative management aids.
  •  Developed, instituted, and maintains a plan to ensure that all fire stations are self-sustaining during City-wide emergencies and capable of serving as disaster assistance areas.  
  • Maintains the only licensed fire department heliport in Mercer and neighboring counties
  •  Assisted in establishing the first ARSON award information program in Mercer County
  •  Recognized leader in public fire education programs within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  •  Department recruitment program utilized in development of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania volunteer firefighter recruitment program
  •  All fire apparatus equipped with GPS locator and tracking capability
  •  Chief officers and selected apparatus equipped with mobile computers and internet access capability
  •  A fire cadet program to develop quality City youth toward careers in public safety
  •  A credentialed Department Chaplain to serve members and citizens in time of need and during emergency operations