The Mercyhurst College Center for Public Safety will be conducting tests for area firefighters seeking state certification on May 4 and 5 at the Erie County Public Safety Training Facility in Franklin Center.
Sixteen firefighters from the Lakeshore, Westlake, West Ridge, and Erie fire departments will take part in written and practical challenge testing, and upon successful completion, will receive Firefighter I certification from the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy.
The participants will take a 100-question written exam on Friday night, followed by a 12-station skills test beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The skills test will be conducted on the training grounds, which feature a live burn tower, smoke maze, and chemical burn pit. The grounds are located behind the Franklin Center Fire Department, approximately five miles south of I-90 on Route 98.
This voluntary certification is open to both volunteer and paid firefighters, and is intended to identify emergency service personnel who demonstrate competency in the performance requirements necessary to perform the duties of a firefighter. Certified firefighters are eligible to apply to the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications and receive national certification.