The Training Platoon makes sure all Mt. Lebanon firefighters have the highest level of knowledge, skills and abilities to carry out the department’s mission.
The platoon meets or exceeds industry standards for training, while staying on the cutting edge of the latest technology and techniques. In 2018, we completed more than 9,400 hours of training.
The platoon oversees the training of new recruits as well as training firefighters in the tasks of apparatus operator, officer and command, and continuing education for emergency medical services. It also supervises monthly shift training and weekly department drills.
Fourteen of our firefighters are certified by the state to train firefighters in our department or others. The department is a Blue Card Incident Command Training Center, allowing us to train our staff as well as those from outside agencies.
We don’t just train internally; we work with several external training agencies, including the Allegheny County Fire Academy, the Community College of Allegheny County, Bucks County Community College, the Emergency Medical Services Institute and the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy.
The department is recognized at the “Gold Level” through the Pennsylvania Voluntary Professional Certification Program, which requires all fire suppression staff to be certified to a minimum of Fire Fighter I. However, our department requires an even stricter standard. Our volunteer firefighters must be certified to the minimum level of Fire Fighter II. Many members have additional certifications in advanced disciplines.