Western Pennsylvania Fireman's Association

Serving the fire service of tomorrow. . . today!!

We are an organization consisting of approximately 10,000 firefighters, both volunteer and paid, from nearly 500 different fire companies throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With offices in Arnold, Pennsylvania, we hold meetings monthly throughout the western part of the state to discuss issues which are affecting the fire service.

 


Read the latest edition of
The Western Gazette
our monthly newsletter and meeting notice.

(You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader)

 

Sam’s Club Member Benefit Flyer
(Valid WPFA Membership Card necessary to take advantage of this offer.)

 

 

State Income Tax Volunteer Responder Credit Form

Exel Worksheet for Calculating Income Tax Credit Points

2009 Convention Information and Forms

Visit Our Document Library

To see why YOU should be a member, click here.

Contact Information:
P.O. Box 504, New Kensington, PA 15068
(724) 339-1017

To view a list of meeting dates for our Association, click here.

To view the list of member departments that belong to our organization, click here.

 To download a page of applications for membership (three per page), click here.

To download a copy of the claim form for death benefits, click here.

Scholarship Application and Rules Now Available!

Visit our Document Library for more information..


Announcing On-Line Courses

Available Through

The Western PA Firemen’s Association

 

In partnership with ed2go, a leading provider of instructor-facilitated online training, our association is pleased to make over 300 non-credit courses available to our members, their families, their friends, and the community.  These are the same on-line continuing and community education courses offered by many community colleges, such as the Community College of Allegheny County and Westmoreland County Community College.  They utilize the same instructors, the same course syllabus and information, and the same exams.  Why take them through us?  THEY’RE CHEAPER!!

Our classes are:

          Six weeks in length, two classes each week

          Instructor-Facilitated

          Available 24 hours a day

          Available anywhere you have an Internet Connection

To complete the class, you must:

          Read the course material on-line

          Complete assignments and submit them electronically

          Interact with others in your class via message boards

          Complete a series of online quizzes

          Complete an on-line final exam

Once you successfully complete all of the requirements, you will receive a Certificate of Completion in your name, attesting to 24 hours of instruction.

To learn more about this exciting new program, go to our online training site:

WPFA Online Instruction Center

 


Pennsylvania Fire Training Weekends, Seminars, and Meetings

For a listing of programs being offered, click here.


Western Association Becomes

Delmar Book Distributor

 

The association is now a distributor for Thomson-Delmar emergency services publications.  Several of the Delmar publications are currently being used in various fire service classes throughout the commonwealth, and the state fire academy is changing the manual for the essentials program to the Delmar publishing Firefighters Handbook on January 1, 2005.

 

After careful investigation, the association believes it can offer the fire service yet another benefit of membership in the association by providing discounted pricing off of the list price of the books.  The discount schedule is based on the type of membership an individual or fire company has in the association.  Below is the discount schedule:

 

Type of Member

Discount Percentage

Non-member or purchase through community college

 

15%

$10 Company Member (purchased by company with company check)

 

 

20%

100 Percent Company (purchased by company with company check) or Individual member purchasing a single copy

 

 

 

 

25%

 

 

As part of the program, the association will pay any standard shipping costs.  Special shipping considerations for rush orders will, of course, be the finanical responsibility of the person purchasing the books.  We will also have a small stock of books in the association office which will be available for delivery to the regular monthly meetings.  Books will be available for purchase from this stock on a “rush” basis for an additional handling fee.  We have obtained a sales tax license, as all purchases by anyone other than a fire company would be subject to Pennsylvania Sales Tax.  Fire departments or companies purchasing manuals will be able to file an exemption form with the association to be exempt from the sales tax.  We are also in the process of obtaining an account to accept credit cards as payment for book purchases. 

 

Book purchases can be made by contacting the association office at 724-339-1017, or by e-mailing us your request and a way to contact you.

 

For more information on the Delmar Manuals, click here.

 


Association Announces Scholarship Program

 

The association has begun another great benefit of membership that companies can use as a recruitment and retention tool–we’ve begun a scholarship program to provide financial assistance, on a competitive basis, to members of the association.  Included with this newsletter are copies of the rules for the program, along with a copy of the formal application.  Feel free to make copies of these documents and distribute them to your members who are pursuing post-secondary education, or members who have children who are pursuing post-secondary education.

 

As of this moment, the association has financial commitments from sponsors which enable us to make the following awards: two $600 awards to individuals pursuing bachelors degrees, and two $300 awards to those pursuing associate degrees.  We are continuing to attempt to obtain more funding so we can sponsor more scholarships.  The scholarship committee will review the applications, which must be submitted by the June meeting of the association.  Winners will be announced at the annual convention.

 

For the application and guidelines, visit our Document Library.

 


 

Western Re-Establishes E-Mail List

The association is attempting to establish an online e-mail directory for firefighters to be able to contact members from other companies.  If you wish to be listed on the e-mail contact page, please send an e-mail to jfireman15@comcast.net Tom Reighard, Jr., will be maintaining the listing for us. In order to be listed, you must submit an e-mail to him requesting to be listed which includes your full name and the name of the fire company or department to which you belong.

 

To view the current e-mail list, click here.

 

 


SR 60 Committee Produces Final Report

The SR 60 Committee, which was charged by the General Assembly to create a list of issues facing the fire service in Pennsylvania and purpose possible solutions, has released their final report.  Our association representative, Alan “Rip” Jenkins did an excellent job representing us and seeing that our organization had input in the process.  We want to thank Rip for all his hard work.  To view a copy of the final report, click on the link below.

SR 60 Report Final Copy

 


 

Review Current Legislation before the
General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/BI/billroom.htm


State Auditor General Publishes
Relief Association Audit Findings
On the Web

While surfing the net looking for links to add to our page (please see the links section below), we stumbled across the Auditor General's site related to the audits of Fire Department Relief Associations. We felt you should be aware that they are publishing their audit findings on the web--for anyone to see. The findings of the audits have always been open to the public--that is the purpose of the audits--to ensure the public that the monies are being spent properly. However, these findings have never been so acceessable to the public. We encourage you to check out this page, and remember: Keep your house in order!!!

State Auditor General's Office Fire Audits Page


 

Our Committees:

We also have a large number of committees to serve you, including, but not limited to:

Topic Committee: Arranges for informative topic presentations at the monthly meetings.

Awards Committee: Sponsors an awards program at the annual convention to recognize members and non-members for service and deeds of valor.

Fire Prevention Committee: Sponsors a fire prevention essay contest for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in the schools served by our member companies. Winners receive savings bonds, certificates, and citations from the legislature of the Commonwealth.

Sports Committee: Organizes sporting events, including a golf outing, battle of the barrel, and other contests during our convention.