Fire Ops 101

About the Fire Ops 101 Event

Pittsburgh Fire Fighters IAFF Local No. 1, in cooperation with MSA The Safety Company, is hosting an invite only, one-day fire training program called Fire Ops 101. This immersive event is an extraordinary opportunity for decision-makers to experience real-life dangers of firefighting.

This event is open to invited members of City of Pittsburgh and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania governments. Pittsburgh Fire Fighters invites the media to conduct interviews as well as document the event. The event will be held on September 7, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Allegheny County Fire Training Academy at 700 West Ridge Road, Allison Park, PA 15101.

Bill Legislation

Pennsylvania Legislation Advocations

Local Advocations

  • FEMA Grants
  • SAFER – Grant for paying for additional equipment
  • AFG – Equipment and Training
  • Investing in new firefighting equipment technology – experience the new-tech SCBAs at FireOps 101.
  • Replacing aging fleets (trucks) and infrastructure (fire stations).
  • Improvements to recruiting firefighters, especially minorities and women in an effort to increase the diversity of all platoons.
  • Providing more protections from exposure to carcinogens, and to provide early cancer screenings to all firefighters.


Fire Behavior

This scenario will offer you a live fire experience! You will have the opportunity to feel the heat, see how firefighters work together as a crew, gain an understanding of the stages of fire, and learn how to properly and safely extinguish the fire.

Search and Rescue

Life safety is the number one mission of firefighters. Often, firefighters have to perform search and rescue before the fire is extinguished, making this one of the most dangerous situations we face. You will perform a search and rescue on the second floor of a residential house. During the search, they will learn about the important tools and equipment we use that make a difference in the life and death of both the residents and firefighters.

Aerial Ladder Operations

Fire scenes are very complex and it is important for aerial trucks and fire engines to work together to help make the scene as safe as possible. Rescue, ventilation, forcible entry, overhaul, and aerial operations must be accomplished in a coordinated effort. You will learn how to properly operate all the equipment that is carried on our trucks, throw and climb ladders, operate on a roof, and understand the importance of proper ventilation of a fire building.

CPR and Possible Overdose

The prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic affects Pennsylvanians across the state, from big cities to rural communities. In this scenario, you will experience a routine overdose call that quickly turns into a cardiac arrest. Overdoses and cardiac arrest are among the most time-critical emergencies firefighters respond to daily. You will also learn how firefighters have protected themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rescue Operations

In this scenario, you will respond to a vehicle crash and identify the hazards and challenges firefighters face on a rescue scene. You will also have the opportunity to rescue a trapped driver from a vehicle using rescue tools and equipment.

Mental Health and Wellness

With the fast-paced nature of the job, firefighters must function well under pressure. For many, the hardest part of being a firefighter is coping with the downtime after a shift has ended or the memorial service of a coworker. In this scenario, you will learn how being a firefighter affects mental health and how firefighters cope with stressors during their careers. We will also discuss how firefighters offer peer support groups, as well as the changes legislatures can make to help treat firefighters suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress.

Statistics and Infographics

Partners / Sponsors

Who are the Pittsburgh Fire Fighters

Organized in 1903, the Pittsburgh Fire Fighters, IAFF Local No. 1 represents the almost 700 firefighters of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire. Our goal is to negotiate for safe working conditions, fair salary, and a dignified retirement for our members; additionally, we work to ensure relief for their families in the event of an injury on the job. We also advocate for legislation supporting supplying the most up-to-date training and equipment for our firefighters to continue to perform their job safely and effectively.

The Pittsburgh Fire Fighters Local No. 1 are community partners. We are leaders in the communities we protect, and through the charities we support benefiting our communities.

Event Location

W Ridge Drive, Allison Park, PA 15101

Fire Ops 101 Event Registration

Deadline for Registration is 08/01/2022

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