Local energy companies contribute close to $30,000 to firefighter training center which will help prepare the community’s first responders.
In August, energy companies collectively contributed about $30,000 toward an addition to a firefighter training center in southern Schuylkill County during the 64th annual Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association Convention. The widely-used facility is 30 years old and sits on 26 acres near Frackville, and the generous donation provides an opportunity to address new circumstances and safety concerns brought to the region by the natural gas industry.
Frank Zangari, president of the Schuylkill County Fire Chief’s Association for 28 years, serves as chairman of the fire training center. The enhancement of pipeline infrastructure in the county creates concerns among citizens who are not familiar with the industry, he noted, and firefighters, residents, and the gas companies will be better off when the new training wing opens.