About the Fire Service Extension
Volunteer fire departments comprise a majority of firefighters in communities across
the state. When seconds count, training matters—and our WVU Fire Service Extension
provides expert guidance to use in critical situations and gives homeowners insight
on fire prevention and readiness.
Fire training became part of the WVU Extension Service in 1974. In the last 35 years, WVU Fire Service Extension has developed many new training courses and standardized curricula, introduced National Fire Academy courses, offered national qualification testing and certifications and trained firefighters in regional schools and at the annual State Fire School.
The 25,752-square-foot facility contains two wings—an office and classroom wing for faculty and staff and a bay area for indoors training.
Offices and classrooms (15,665 sq. ft.) comprise:
- 4 administrative offices
- 6 cubicle offices
- 2 classrooms (24 seats each)
- 30-seat distance learning room
- Conference room and library
- Lounge and dining area
Training arena (8,000 sq. ft.) includes:
- 100’ x 80’ x 50’ area
- Large doors to allow fire apparatus and other vehicles into the facility
Fire safety is a serious issue in West Virginia. The sobering fact is that the state is a national leader in fire-related fatalities. In 2016 alone, XX fatalities were reported. In 2017, there have been XX fatalities to date.
The Fire Service Extension is doing their part to combat this by both training the responders in your neighborhoods and educating people about the importance of fire readiness. (LINK TO FSE NEWS?)
In 2016, the Fire Service Extension hosted XX classes, trained XX firefighters and presented XX hours of instruction to emergency response personnel.
When a fire breaks out, readiness is the most important tool. The Fire Service Extension is helping to increase it among professionals and everyday West Virginians alike.