Training Summit wraped up yesterday for W.Va. firefighters

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WEIRTON W.Va. (WTRF) -Firefighters across the Mountain State are in town to sharpen their skills.

The annual Professional Firefighters of West Virginia Training Summit is continuing this week in Weirton.

“You know you can be on the job for too long and not learn enough…”

Tom Haluscak – Wheeling Fire Engineer/Paramedic, Local 12 Union President

And that is exactly what more then 100 WV Career Firefighters are doing the next two days in Weirton!
There are three locations where the training is taking place; Starvaggi Pool, County Fire House and Hanover VFD.
Each location has something different to offer.

“Here is is more the fire ground survival and engine company operations stuff. At Starvaggi Pool they are doing the vehicle Extrication, cutting up cars, stuff like that. And also truck company operations out at Hanover.”

Jim Brueck – LT. Weirton Fire/ President Weirton Firefighters Association Local 948

City officials are excited about this training session.

They say it will definitely benefit every community in the state.

“We are encouraged to see our fireman look for education, training, you know and we wanted to be a part of supporting that for them. The better they do their job the easier it is to do ours.”

Flora Perrone – Weirton Council and Clinical Liaison

“We brought top grade instructors in to teach West Virginia Firefighters the newest latest techniques for their safety and to give better service to the public, but to actually host it in Weirton, we’re a small local department. So it’s a big step for us to be able to pull something like this off and get it all together.”

Jerry Shumate – Weirton Fire Chief

Fire officials tell me that training like this is important because the moment you stop training is the moment someone could get hurt on the job.

“Going back to basics is great. It’s important for us not only to do the training but to spend time with our brothers and sisters in other parts of the state.”

Tom Haluscak – Wheeling Fire Engineer/Paramedic, Local 12 Union President

“Everyday is different, every call is different so that variety is there, but we find it doesn’t matter where you’re from. You’re from Pittsburgh, you’re from Wheeling, you’re from Weirton, we’re all the same. We all have a job to do, we all have a desire to help people and we are trying to hone our skills and make each other better.”

Ed Farley – Instructor/ Pittsburgh Battalion Chief ”

The third and final day of the summit wraps up Thursday with more hands on training!


More than 100 firefighters from Across the Mountain State are now in the Ohio Valley.

They were invited to Weirton this week for the Professional Firefighters of West Virginia Training Summit.

The Weirton Firefighters IAFF Local 948 is hosting the event on Tuesday through the Thursday at the Holiday Inn.

More then 100 firefighters from the state are in town to for the training.

It consists of one day of meetings and the other two days are hands on firefighter training.

Four classes will be offered which include; Truck Company Operations, Fire-ground Survival, Engine Company Operations, and Vehicle Extraction.

7News will have coverage of some of those training events on Wednesday!

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