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Training isn't just work for us. We take training seriously . . . and we seriously enjoy it!

While our initial training begins at the Allegheny County Fire Academy right in our backyard in North Park, we often take advantage of other opportunities to train at other venues across the state or across the country. It gives us much more knowledge and experience to better serve the community!

Firefighter Training

Although our fire corps is completely volunteer, our members are highly trained:

Initial Training

All firefighters have completed a 174-hour training course at an accredited fire training academy, including work in fire suppression, fire prevention, hazardous materials, and exterior fireground practices before they ever fight fire.


Continuing Education

After their initial training, firefighters are encouraged to continue their fire training through an accredited fire academy to better serve the community—and protect themselves. Here's a short sampling of the certifications our firefighters have obtained:

  • Firefighter I
  • Firefighter II
  • Firefighter Survival
  • Engine Company Operations
  • Truck Company Operations
  • Hazardous Materials Operations
  • Basic Vehicle Rescue
  • Special Vehicle Rescue Technician
  • Rope Rescue
  • Rapid Intervention Teams
  • National Incident Management for the Fire Service
  • PA / FEMA Emergency Management

In-House Training

Every Tuesday night, our firefighters gather for in-house training, either as a single fire company, with the other McCandless fire companies, or with a mutual aid fire company from a neighboring municipality. These trainings can be in the form of a classroom lecture, pre-planning walk-through of a major commercial or institutional building, or hands-on fire suppression, rescue operations, or ventilation operations. Regardless of the activity, we train weekly to keep our knowledge current and our skills sharp.