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Posted on: February 9, 2022

PTFD recognizes 5 promoted to "Interior Firefighter"

Recent firefighters advancing to Firefighter I pictures with Peters Township's Fire Chiefs.

The Peters Township Fire Department is comprised of both career and volunteer firefighters. Community members that choose to volunteer often begin their public safety career with little or no training. Our organization works to support these individuals through in-house training and receiving external training that is recognized by the state. 

Being named as an "Interior Firefighter" is kind of a big deal here at PTFD! Understanding that our obligation to provide the absolute best in emergency service to our community is not taken lightly. Therefore, our department requires that firefighters obtain a professional board certification as Firefighter I and complete a number of in-house competencies before they are named an interior firefighter. Once these criteria have been met, Fire Chief Mike McLaughlin will highlight their accomplishments at a monthly department meeting, and present them with their black helmet. 

We are proud to recognize the following firefighters for being named interior firefighters:

Braden Dernoshek 


Braden joined the department in 2019, looking for an outlet to help others. 

He felt that volunteering with PTFD would be a great option! 

Adam Gray


Adam Gray was a graduate of PTFD's Citizen's Fire Academy in 2019. We were 

lucky to have peaked his interest to join our team long term and he joined shortly


Everett Kleffman


Everett started his public safety career at PTFD in 2015 as a Junior Firefighter.

After graduating college, he joined the Air Force, where he worked as a firefighter.

Everett Recently returned home after his time with the airforce, and rejoined!

Mark Krzywicki


Mark came to use with previous experience from Upper St. Clair VFD. After moving

to Peters Township, Mark just couldn't stay away from the fire service!

Alek Kunz


Alek also began his service here as a Junior Firefighter back in 2015 and has 

remained with the organization since then!

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