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Funds for firefighters slashed PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 12:47

By Amanda Leigh Brozana (Staff Writer This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )Published: March 14, 2011

Firefighters across the commonwealth are sounding the alarm after training funds have changed in recent years, something they argue may lead departments to choose not to send volunteers for essential firefighting education.

For decades, fire companies that sought training courses for their volunteer or paid firefighters requested courses through the community college system. Courses were offered at their company or in close proximity and instructors were paid through state funding.

About five years ago, that changed when colleges accepted a move from the system that reimbursed institutions for noncredit public safety training courses through the state Department of Education to a system in which all community colleges pull from a pool of money, eliminating reimbursements for "full-time equivalencies" related to public safety training.

That move, state Fire Commissioner Ed Mann said, has moved college administrators to place value on programs that make money, and have them putting a burden on fire training to raise funds through course fees that were not charged in the past.

At the time of the change, fire officials throughout the state warned that fire companies may soon have to cover the cost of training - something that could be extremely costly, given the current 166 hours of basic "firefighter 1" education and dozens of specialized courses offered under the State Fire Academy's curriculum.

"See, colleges weren't making money on these courses, but it was OK because they were still paid to offer the training," Mann said in a phone interview March 7. "Now, community college enrollments are up substantially and spending dollars go toward credit programs, so there is less money for public safety programs."

Mann said from college to college, the fees institutions will charge for courses will vary, and no one knows "what the final costs may be for these programs" to the departments.

For Mann and others, the shift brings about many concerns.

Money Speaks Louder Than Safety PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 March 2011 11:07


Looks like some areas of the USA are very well headed for a PEFRECT (fire) STORM. All it takes is a pencil and paper to sit down and figure out this equation:


Fire department budgets cut in nearly all FD's +

+Career Firefighter layoff's, brownouts and station closures.

+Active responding Volunteer Firefighter numbers dropping due to availability.

+Homebuilders greasing politicians to avoid residential sprinklers.


Next thing you know, some "suit" will claim there is a fire problem in the United States.

How 'bout that.

Specifically related to the fire sprinkler issue,  we are all seeing numerous states get slammed by various homebuilder associations, successfully and sadly stopping required residential sprinklers. So in light of this "perfect storm" here is an editorial from Pennsylvania that "gets" it. Fires are not rare in Pennsylvania. Yesterday 7 little kids were killed in a rural house fire. Last week a couple and their child were killed in Philly. This is from the Intelligencer in Doylestown where they stated:

MONEY SPOKE LOUDER than safety this week in Harrisburg, where House lawmakers voted 154-39 to repeal a law requiring sprinkler systems in all new residential construction. The bill now moves to the Senate.

The battle lines on this issue are clearly drawn: On one side are firefighters and fire safety officials, who know from personal experience that home sprinklers save lives and property; on the other side are Realtors and home builders, who say that the additional cost of putting sprinklers in new homes is a detriment to sales, particularly in a continuing weak housing market.

Local News and Great Music PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 March 2011 12:27

We have added a new link for local news to our links section. Please be sure to check out Black Forest Broadcasting, an internet radio station with news for and about North Central Pennsylvania. They focus primarily on Potter, Cameron, McKean, Elk and Tioga Counties.

Arrest In 2006 Arson Fire At Seasonal Residence on Hurlburt Hill Road PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 March 2011 11:31

This is all that was left after a structure fire destroyed a seasonal residence owned by Brian Farleigh, a veterinarian from Hazelton, PA, located at 1075 Hurlburt Hill Road in Harrison Township, Potter County, PA.

The fire, which was reported at 5:11 am on June 20, 2006, was determined early on to be incendiary in nature.

State Police Corporal Nicholas A. Loffredo said an active investigation has been ongoing since the fire occurred. During the investigation, information and evidence was discovered which led to the arrest of Peter Andrew Zehr, 26, of Harrison Valley, PA. Zehr is facing charges of:

F1 Arson-Danger Of Death Or Bodily Inj
F1 Burglary
F1 Conspiracy - Arson-Danger Of Death Or Bodily In
F2 Arson-Intent Destroy Unoccupied Bldg
F2 Crim Tres-Break Into Structure
M1 Theft By Unlaw Taking-Movable Prop
M1 Receiving Stolen Property
F3 Crim Misch/Dmg Prop Intent, Reckless, Or Negligent

Zehr was arraigned and committed to jail on lieu of $50,000. percentage bail on Tuesday, March 1. He was released on bail the next day and faces a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for March 7 at 9:30 am in Judge Delores G. Bristol's courtroom.

The case remains open and further arrests are possible.

Anyone with information is asked to call PSP Montoursville at 570-368-5700.

LAST ALARM - Ronald G. Adams, President - Tioga County Firemen's Association, Inc. PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 February 2011 09:51



Last Updated on Thursday, 03 February 2011 09:58
2011 Tri-County Training Schedule PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 17:05

The 2011 training schedule for the Tri-County Fireman's Association has been finalized and can be downloaded from our site by clicking HERE or from the Tri-County Fireman's Association site located HERE.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 January 2011 17:19
Potter County Scanner Feed Now Online PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 December 2010 08:53

Our thanks to Tim Teller for letting us know that there is now a Potter County scanner feed available through Radio Reference. We have added this feed to the scanner feeds that are available he on Just click on "Scanner Feeds" in the menu to the left then click on "Potter County".

Ulysses Twp Structure Damaged by Fire PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 November 2010 14:54

Shortly before 9am today Galeton Dept 10 was dispatched for a reported structure fire on Telescope Road in Ulysses Township. Ambulance Chief 10-60 arrived on scene shortly after the dispatch and reported heavy smoke showing with other structures endangered. Additional units from Tri-Town (Ulysses) Dept. 47, Coudersport Dept. 48 and Germainia Dept 19 were requested to respond to the scene. Water supply was established by Engine 10-2 which set-up a drafting operation at a nearby stream. This supplied Engines 10-3 and 47-3 as well as Ladder 10-9 which had all deployed attack lines to quell the blaze. Although the garage sustained substantial damage the damage to the main house was limited primarily to the attic area with some water damage to the lower floors. Units were on scene for approximately 3 hours.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 November 2010 15:08
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