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    Smile Certification of Rescue Technician

    I am very interested in becoming a Certified Rescue Technician here in PA. Does the PA Department of Health have that training still availible, and if they do, where can I take these classes? Checked all over the internet and I keep going around in circles!!!!

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    Cool YES

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    Yes the PA department of health still offers that class i recently took that class with my station. Itis a good class you will learn alot there are some hints that you should know though because ill tell u this much it is a fun class you really can learn a great deal of information it is about 48 hours long. i would say about 10 hours of it is classroom rest is hands on There is no textbook for this class you do get a green workbook that you can fill out and take notes on i would greatly suggest that and study that i live in bucks county PA and i believe our training center has a class coming up in april

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    I can tell you that the DOH offers a vehicle rescue technician
    class. However, starting 1 July, this class and the State
    Fire Academy are combining into one class. I cant speak to
    the changes yet. I have a meeting at Harrisburg Area Comm
    Col. thursday evening to get the details. As an instructor
    for the state fire academy, I'm interested in how this is
    going to go. Email me friday or so and I will pass along
    what I have learned.
    Skip Rupert
    Shrewsbury, PA
    "Keeper of the Rescue Zone"
    rsqzone@hotmail.com

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    The DOH and the PSFA have gotten together and modularized the 48 hour Basic Vehicle Rescue Course. It will now be offered as either 3 16 hour courses - Awareness, Operations, and Technician (to match up with NFPA 1006 and 1670), or as one 48 hour course, depending on how you want to take it. Your local Regional EMS council should have information on local offerings. Or you could contact the Community College that sponsors your local level training for the PSFA.

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    Default extrication classes

    Just to join in on the discussion, in New Mexico where I am an adjunct for the state fire academy for extrication we are also looking at moving toward an all encompassing basic through advanced/awareness-technician class, including machinery rescue. Students may be able to pick and choose segments of the class. They can start with the basic/ then return for the advanced, come in for the entire week long class, etc. We will adhere to NFPA 1670/1006, and of course OSHA, Essentials, and other applicable standards for these classes.

    In my opinion there are is a wide range of rescue technician "certification" out there. From private or singular agencies/companies offering a "course completion certification", with or without third party validation from an accredited teaching institution, to state fire academies offering IFSAC certificates meeting the applicable standards. Not saying either is better or worse, it just gets confusing for folks in the business wanting to get their personnel trained up to a standard, and still get good (safe) information.

    Just one opinion.

    Take care all, stay safe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtr00 View Post
    I am very interested in becoming a Certified Rescue Technician here in PA. Does the PA Department of Health have that training still availible, and if they do, where can I take these classes? Checked all over the internet and I keep going around in circles!!!!

    HELP!!!!

    Thanx!
    Matt
    Matt, if you plan on staying in PA all your life, the VRT is ok. If you are planning on going elsewhere, go for the full 1006 Certification.
    A Fire Chief has ONLY 1 JOB and that's to take care of his fireman. EVERYTHING else falls under this.

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    mtr00 if your in the eastern part of PA check with Bucks County Community College, they publish a list of up coming training both at their site and off site. If your in a diffrent part of the state check with your local community college to see if they sponser fire training and ask for a list of classes.

    The first calls you have to take is the awarenes, then the operations and finally the techician. You'll get a certificate for each level from the state fire academy, and one from the PA DOH when you complete the final class.

    If you are looking for Pro-Board certification you will have to challenge the CORE certification test first, and then you can challenge the vehicle/machinery test.

    Hope this helps.

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    This is a link to the Educational Training Agencies in PA that offer the local level training programs:

    http://www.osfc.state.pa.us/osfc/cwp...a=337&Q=238164

    These are the MSAs for the 16 hour modularized programs vehicle rescue(BVRA,BVRO,BVRT) programs offered in PA.

    BVRA http://www.osfc.state.pa.us/osfc/lib/osfc/BVRA_02.pdf

    BVRO http://www.osfc.state.pa.us/osfc/lib/osfc/BVRO02.pdf

    BVRT http://www.osfc.state.pa.us/osfc/lib/osfc/BVRT_02.pdf

    This is the MSA for the 48 hour vehicle rescue program.

    http://www.osfc.state.pa.us/osfc/lib/osfc/BVRC3_02.pdf

    These are the Professional Certification Levels that are currently offered in PA

    http://www.osfc.state.pa.us/osfc/cwp...a=355&q=266647

    This is the link to the certification applications

    http://www.osfc.state.pa.us/osfc/cwp...a=355&q=266647

    This is the link to the Professional Certification Program skill sheets

    http://www.osfc.state.pa.us/osfc/cwp...a=355&q=266857

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    WOW, I just noticed this thread is 7 years old!!
    A Fire Chief has ONLY 1 JOB and that's to take care of his fireman. EVERYTHING else falls under this.

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