|Pennsylvania Participating Department Recognition Program|
|By 2nd Assistant Chief Mark Morella|
|February 16, 2022|
Commonwealth emergency responders have an opportunity to participate in and be recognized as a certified fire professional at various levels in accordance with nationally recognized and sanctioned Professional Qualification standards. The state recognizes four different levels of participation by fire companies; 10%, 50%, 75%, and 100%.
Decals placed on fire apparatus signify the level of participation by each company. The different levels are distinguished by four different color borders around the edge of the decal; 10% has a white border, 50% has a bronze border, 75% has a silver border and 100% has a gold border.
The Vigilance Hose Company No. 1 received the honor of having 50% or more of our members certified to at least the Firefighter I level. Decals with bronze borders will soon be proudly displayed on the apparatus as well as a certificate hanging in the station signed by Thomas Cook the acting state fire commissioner. We are one of the few departments in Northampton County to receive this prestige honor.
The Vigilance Hose Company is setting the standards even higher by constantly training to better serve our community and we hope that when it comes time to renew this certification in a couple of years we can reach the 75% level.