Lancaster's Fire Police Academy

Now over - here's the recap:  Only five (5) people signed up.  Intro to ICS, Intro to NIMS, and ICS classes had insufficient enrollment to run; the rest were able to run thanks to students attending from as far away as Delaware County.  Certification testing was not offered due to the low enrollment.  

Comments were "too many hours" - interesting, as it is less than either an EMT or a basic firefighter must take, and includes more.  "Too expensive" - again, significantly less costly than either EMT or FF.

To all those who did attend - the class went very well and nothing but positive comments were made.

To those who did NOT attend - given that all the classes were new or freshly updated, you missed out on a lot - your loss.

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A one-stop program to give a new or experienced Fire Police Officer EVERYTHING they need to ace the job!

Starting the end of February, the Lancaster County Fire Police Association and the Harrisburg Area Community College will host a Fire Police Academy, which will be held at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center on Champ Road just off PA 283.  Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6-10, and Saturdays 8-5, with lunch provided.

The Student will receive fully 120 hours of training plus two extra 4-hour practice sessions.  The student then may - their option - seal the deal with Certification testing.

Take the entire program for only $300!

The brand-new Fire Academy Basic Fire Police class will start the program February 23rd, 25th, and 27th.  This class is like NOTHING you've had before!

March 1st and 3rd will see the Introduction to the Incident Command System; March 5th will be Introduction to NIMS.

Traffic Control 101, a MUTCD-based program, will be presented the week of March 8th, 10th, and 12th.

HazMat Awareness (also called Recognizing & Identifying) will be the class on March 15th.

March 17th will be a practical / practice session.

After a two-week Easter break, classes will resume on April 5th, 7th, and 9th with the Advanced Fire Police class - this will be the pilot program of the class currently under development by the Fire Academy - and just like the Basic class, will not be like the prior Advanced class.

The full Incident Command program runs the week of April 12th, 14th and 16th.

The week of April 19th, 21st, and 23rd will bring the Advanced Traffic Control program.  Also MUTCD-based, this program focuses on situations and practical exercises, and concludes with the Pennsylvania Highway Incident Management - A Multi-Agency Approach program created jointly by the Fire Academy, the State Police, PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission.

The Emergency Vehicle Driver Training program, also called EVOC, follows during the week of April 26th, 28th and 30th.

The last class is May 3rd, with the USDOT Traffic Incident Management program.  This program provides a differing slant than the Pennsylvania program and is well worth the time.

A practical / practice session will be held May 5th, and on May 7th students may opt to become Certified. 


The Academy will be limited in size to ensure a good instructor-student ratio.  Also, signing up for the Academy (as a group class) will provide a significantly discounted price of only $300!  (over $200 off!)

The classes can be taken individually - though the number of extra students will be limited based on lecture/lab time. 


You may sign up at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center.  If you have any questions about any of this, contact us!


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