WV Public Service Training descriptions (rev. 10/3/17):
Firefighter Training: The same applies to our firefighter training- we train these brave men and women as if they are the ones who will be called to put out a fire in our own home, saving the lives and property of our own family. Classes include Firefighter 1 and 2, Fire Officer 1, 2 and 3, and Vehicle Operator, to name a few.
Emergency Medical Services: If (heaven forbid) you or a loved one is in need of emergency medical services, it should be a comfort to know that the one who is first on the scene is a competent, trained professional. In conjunction with the State Office of Emergency Medical Services, the WV Dept. of Education/ PST trains hundreds of EMTs and other medical professionals annually.
Law Enforcement: Although law enforcement does much of their specific training in-house, the WVDE Public Service Training program provides classrooms, instructors, and facilities which enable law enforcement to keep their members up-to-date on the latest tactics in public safety. We also provide various Emergency Medical Services training tailored specifically for law enforcement.
Environmental: Keeping the environment safe and clean has always been a goal of the Environmental Training Center, located at Cedar Lakes near Ripley, WV. At the E.T.C., we train water treatment operators and municipal workers in the latest methods of ensuring a safe supply of drinking water, as well as the safe processing of wastewater.
Hazardous Materials: It is a fact that even the most common of household ingredients can be a hazardous material when misused (either intentionally or unintentionally), or when it escapes from its intended container. Hazardous Materials Awareness, Operator, or Technician training is critical for all first responders, as well as anyone who may come into contact with these substances in the course of their jobs. This could include service station attendants, EMTs, Firefighters, propane technicians, cooks, maintenance workers, the list goes on.
Technical Rescue: An exciting area of Public Service Training is in the “Technical Rescue” field. Specifically, this entails such courses as; Rope Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Collapse Rescue, Vehicle and Machinery Rescue, and Swiftwater Rescue. These specific fields of rescue require much hands-on and field training. Needless to say, Technical Rescue is not for everyone, as it requires an even higher degree of potential danger for the rescuer as well as the victim.
IFSAC: The International Fire Service Accreditation Congress or “IFSAC” is a non-profit, peer-driven, self-governing system of both certifying entities and higher education degree programs, whose mission is to plan and administer a high-quality, uniformly delivered accreditation system with an international scope.
The IFSAC Certificate Assembly provides accreditation to entities that certify the competency of and issue certificates to individuals who pass examinations based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) qualifications and other standards approved by the Assembly. The accreditation is made at the state, provincial, federal government, or territorial level for fire fighter certification programs.
The WV Department of Education became IFSAC-accredited in 2013.
For more information, please view West Virginia Public Service Training website.