IRVING, TX (June 9, 2022) – The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation and WTAJ-TV, the Nexstar Media Inc. television station serving Central Pennsylvania and the surrounding area, today announced that the Foundation will donate $9,000 to the Cambria County Regional Firefighters Association to assist with basic classroom training for firefighting and rescue personnel and with the purchase of a Smart Rescue Dummy for use in training and certification tests.
The Cambria County Regional Firefighters Association traces its origins back to 1922, and currently represents 58 fire departments in five counties in West Central Pennsylvania. The organization has several functions, including the education and training of firefighters. The Association’s mission and vision is to promote and deliver quality training and education and professional certification which is safe and meets or exceeds national standards. It strives to provide the region with knowledgeable, safe, and competent emergency service personnel that comprehend responder safety issues and participate in quality training and education that values each participant’s time and effort.
The Association owns and operates a 48-acre training facility that includes a classroom building, a burn building, a maze, a flammable liquids pit, and a confined space rescue area, as well as several other hands-on learning stations. The site is utilized for open classes, as well as closed department trainings and is now open year-round. The site and all its instructors are certified by Bucks County Community College and The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy. Each year, the Association provides educational and training programs to an average of 660 personnel through onsite class offerings and 69 through its Essentials Classes which are held at five regional sites.
“This grant is extremely important to us and we are grateful to the Nexstar Charitable Foundation and WTAJ-TV for helping to bring it to fruition,” said Nick Wuckovich, President of the Cambria County Regional Firefighter’s Association. “The training and equipment enabled by this grant will make a significant impact on our basic firefighting training program, and the Smart Rescue Dummy will be utilized in exercises for years to come. The service we provide to firefighters across the region and the high-quality of the training we offer is the foundation for everything we do.”
Commenting on the donation, Phil Dubrow, Vice President and General Manager of WTAJ-TV said: “WTAJ-TV prides itself on its connection to the Central Pennsylvania region. Like everyone who lives and works here, we rely on the protection provided by our area firefighters to keep us safe, and if we can help improve their training, we are pleased to do so. Giving back to the communities served by Nexstar across the country is core to the company’s mission, and we are honored that the Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation is making this donation in recognition of the deep relationship between WTAJ-TV and the Cambria County Regional Firefighters Association.”
The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation’s mission is to contribute to and work with public charities and non-profit organizations to improve the communities in which Nexstar Media and its subsidiaries do business. The foundation was originally established in 1958 and it makes donations of approximately $350,000 annually.
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