We encourage Fire Police Training by
conducting simultaneously 8 to 14 courses (16 hours each),
Certified by the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy and it's local
level instructors. Programs are scheduled in early April and the
first weekend after Labor Day. Students attend from all areas of
Pennsylvania and some neighboring states.
The Weekend Academy concept makes it possible
to have advanced and special classes which would not be
accomplished at the local fire company department or individual
county levels because of attendance or funding.
Included is a Friday evening seminar
directed to a current topic that affects all students
The first F.P.W.A was conducted spring
1988 at U.P.J Johnstown. In 1989 the site was moved to Somerset
with better Pennsylvania Turnpike access (exit #10). As of 1998,
we have coordinated 21 F.P.W.A. .
F.P.W.A is sponsored by Somerset County
Fire Police Assn. founded in 1983, Cambria County Fire Police
Assn., founded 1990, and various community college funding
partners. The missions of both county fire police associations
is to disseminate knowledge and experience of value to fire
police by training classes and publications; and to seek at all
times the betterment of the fire police service. Prior to
F.P.W.A in 1988, Dr. John H. Bell, Jr. and Dr. Norman W. Borring
achieved experience by coordinating over 40 local and county
classes in five years.
About 1985, Doc Bell established the
incentive training awards program. Awards are presented for 50
hours, 100 hours and 150 hours of fire police training.
The training manuals and 2nd editions for
the six fire police courses accepted by the Pennsylvania State
Fire Academy were compiled by the late Dr. Norman W. Borring,
also the first "Train the trainer" instructor for Fire Police.
At the First National Fire Police Summit
on March 6, 1999 at Half-way (Hagerstown) Maryland, Dr. John H.
Bell Jr. presented that state-wide mandatory training programs
must be instituted to decrease the fatalities of Fire Police on