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    COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
    DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
    BUREAU OF AIR QUALITY
    INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING, SUBMITTING, AND PROCESSING THE
    APPLICATION FOR OPEN BURNING EXCEPTION FOR FIRE FIGHTING INSTRUCTION
    (In cooperation with the Office of the State Fire Commissioner/Pennsylvania State Fire Academy)
    This Application provides the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Bureau of Air Quality with the
    necessary information to review and approve requests for open burning exceptions for the purpose of fire fighting
    instruction by emergency service organizations in accordance with Departmental regulations found at 25 Pa. Code
    §129.14(c)(2):
    (c) Exceptions. The requirements of subsections (a) and (b) do not apply where the open burning operations result
    from:
    (2) Any fire set for the purpose of instructing personnel in fire fighting, when approved by the Department.
    The Department must receive prior written notice of the training being conducted, whether it is at an “acquired”
    structure, a permanent fire fighting structure or site, or some other form of fire fighting instruction involving open fire.
    Failure to submit an Application for Open Burning Exception for Fire Fighting Instruction
    may result in enforcement action including the assessment of civil penalties.
    Any questions about this application or the open burning exception for the purpose of fire fighting instruction should
    be directed to the DEP Air Quality Program Office for the county in which the training is scheduled to take place:
    Counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, please contact:
    DEP Air Quality Program Office
    484-250-5920
    2 East Main Street
    FAX: 484-250-5921
    Norristown, PA 19401-4915
    Counties: Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne,
    Wyoming, please contact:
    DEP Air Quality Program Office
    570-826-2511
    2 Public Square
    FAX: 570-826-2357
    Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1915
    Counties: Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster,
    Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, York, please contact:
    DEP Air Quality Program Office
    717-705-4702
    909 Elmerton Avenue
    FAX: 717-705-4830
    Harrisburg, PA 17110
    Counties: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter,
    Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, please contact:
    DEP Air Quality Program Office
    570-327-3745
    208 West Third Street St., Suite 101
    FAX: 570-327-3420
    Williamsport, PA 17701
    Counties: Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland, please
    contact:
    DEP Air Quality Program Office
    412-442-4161
    400 Waterfront Drive
    FAX: 412-442-4194
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222
    Counties: Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango, Warren,
    please contact:
    DEP Air Quality Program Office
    814-332-6940
    230 Chestnut Street
    FAX: 814-332-6117
    Meadville, PA 16335-3481

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    A.
    Submittal and Approval Process for Use of an Acquired Structure for Fire Fighting Instruction:
    Emergency service organizations may use “acquired” structures for the purpose of developing competency and
    proficiency in fire suppression and structural rescue skills if they file this form and receive prior written approval
    from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC)/Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PSFA) and from the
    DEP.
    The completion, submittal, and approval of this entire Application is required when using an
    acquired structure.
    This will help insure:
    ?
    that the demolition of the acquired structure by setting a fire is for the sole purpose of fire fighting
    training.
    ?
    that the training being conducted is either a registered PA State Fire Academy course or is other
    training accepted by PSFA.
    Please note: If the training session will be conducted on the interior
    of an acquired structure, the training must be a registered PSFA course.
    ?
    that the instructors are approved by the PA State Fire Academy and are trained and competent in fire
    suppression and structural fire rescue training.
    ?
    that the reporting requirements of the Asbestos NESHAP regulation are met for the demolition of a
    subject facility by intentional burning.
    ?
    that the environment of the Commonwealth is protected.
    An emergency service organization wishing to conduct fire fighting training in an acquired structure shall
    complete the following steps.
    All organizations must complete and submit the DEP forms discussed in
    steps 3 and 4.
    1.
    If the training is a PSFA course,
    complete and submit a “
    Local Level Course Application
    ” to an
    Educational Training Agency that services the county where the acquired structure is located. This
    application is available by calling the PSFA at 1-800-459-4096 (outside PA 717-248-1115) and
    requesting the application. It may also be downloaded from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s
    website (http://www.osfc.state.pa.us). This application should be submitted to an Educational Training
    Agency servicing the county in which the training will occur
    at least 45 days before the anticipated
    training date(s).
    2.
    If the training is NOT a PSFA course,
    do not submit a “Local Level Course Application”, but do provide
    complete details about the training in part 6 of the
    DEP Application for Open Burning Exception for
    Fire Fighting Instruction
    (see step 3).
    Please note: Any training sessions on interior structural
    fire fighting must be conducted through a registered PSFA course.
    3.
    Complete and submit the entire
    DEP Application for Open Burning Exception for Fire Fighting
    Instruction
    to the PSFA Field Supervisor responsible for the county where the acquired structure is
    located (see list below). To insure timely processing of the request and to avoid a possible delay of the
    scheduled training, the application should be submitted to the appropriate PSFA Field Supervisor
    at
    least 45 days before the anticipated training date(s).
    This 45-day timeframe is necessary to provide
    sufficient time for OSFC/PSFA and DEP staff to review the application, conduct the site inspection, and
    for the emergency service organization to receive written responses from PSFA and DEP.
    Eastern PSFA Region Counties: Adams, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Clinton, Columbia,
    Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne,
    Lycoming, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike,
    Potter, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming, York
    Douglas Snyder
    1-800-459-4096
    PSFA
    Outside PA – 717-247-3745
    1150 Riverside Drive
    FAX: 717-248-3580
    Lewistown, PA 17044-1979
    douglassny@pa.gov

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    Western PSFA Region Counties:
    Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria,
    Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon,
    Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Snyder, Somerset, Venango, Warren,
    Washington, Westmoreland
    Mark Wineland
    1-800-972-7362
    PEMA Western Area Office
    Outside PA – 724-357-0103
    276 Stormer Road
    FAX: 724-357-2992
    Indiana, PA 15701
    mwineland@pa.gov
    The PSFA Field Supervisor will review the submitted
    DEP Application for Open Burning Exception
    for Fire Fighting Instruction
    for the PSFA Course Title or type of training to occur and the Lead
    Instructor. If the Lead Instructor is approved to teach this type of instruction and the course is duly
    registered, the PSFA Field Supervisor will approve the application.
    The PSFA Field Supervisor will forward the application to the appropriate DEP Air Quality Program
    Office.
    4.
    Complete and submit the
    Asbestos Abatement and Demolition/Renovation Notification Form
    (DEP
    Form 2700-FM-AQ0021) to DEP
    with a copy to the U.S. EPA at the following address and to the
    appropriate DEP office listed on page 1.
    It is recommended that this be done at the same time as the
    form in item 1 is submitted to the PSFA Field Supervisor.
    Please print or type the words “Fire
    Fighting Training” in box 1 on the Asbestos Abatement and Demolition/Renovation Notification
    Form.
    U.S. EPA
    Asbestos NESHAP Coordinator (3WC32)
    U.S. EPA Region III
    1650 Arch Street
    Philadelphia PA 19103-2029
    The DEP Air Quality Program staff will review the
    DEP Application for Open Burning Exception for
    Fire Fighting Instruction
    and the
    Asbestos Abatement and Demolition/Renovation Notification
    Form
    , make a site visit if appropriate, and if all necessary information is complete, issue a letter
    approving the application.
    B.
    Training in or at a Permanent Fire Fighting Structure or Site:
    The administrator of a permanent fire fighting
    structure or site shall provide notice, in writing, of the burn schedule to the DEP Air Quality Program Office for
    the county in which the site is located (see list on page 1 of these instructions) prior to the start of the training
    season. The written notice shall include the dates of the burn days and type of burns to be conducted for the
    season. The administrator of a permanent fire fighting facility may use this form if desired to fulfill the
    requirements to provide notice to the DEP Air Quality Program by completing items 1 through 4f and attaching
    a complete list of burn days and types of burns. The DEP Air Quality Program Office shall be notified in writing
    of changes to the schedule
    at least ten (10) business days before the planned training will take place.
    C.
    Submittal and Approval Process for other forms of Fire Fighting Instruction involving open fire:
    Emergency service organizations conducting other forms of training using open fire for the purpose of
    developing competency and proficiency in fire suppression shall complete items 1 through 4 of the
    DEP
    Application for Open Burning Exception for Fire Fighting Instruction
    and submit the application to the
    DEP Air Quality Program Office for the county in which the training is scheduled to take place (see list on page
    1 of these instructions)
    at least ten (10) business days before the planned training.
    The DEP Air Quality
    Program staff will review the application and notify the applicant in writing of their decision.
    D.
    Fire Extinguisher Training
    : Fire extinguisher training requires only a phone call to the appropriate DEP Air
    Quality Program Office
    at least ten (10) business days before the training, no written notice.
    Failure to submit an Application for Open Burning Exception for Fire Fighting Instruction
    may result in enforcement action including the assessment of civil penalties.

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    Instructions for Completing the DEP Application for Open Burning Exception for Fire Fighting Instruction:
    All information placed on the Application
    must
    be typed or printed except for signatures.
    1. Applicant Information – The name of the person applying for the exception must be printed on the first line. Your
    daytime telephone number, your title, the organization you represent, and your address and zip code must be
    entered on the appropriate lines. The Applicant
    must
    sign the application on the second line.
    2. If other organizations will be participating in the fire fighting training, they must be listed on the application.
    3. The name of the person who will have overall control of the fire fighting training must be listed, including their
    daytime telephone number, address, and zip code. If this is the same person as in 1, you may put “same”.
    4. Site Information – The following information
    must
    be listed in the appropriate spaces on the Application.
    a. The street address and town of the site where the fire fighting instruction will take place.
    b. Clear and concise directions to the fire fighting training site.
    c. The date(s) and time(s) that the training will be conducted.
    d. What type of structure is to be burned? If other, please describe.
    e. The distance to the nearest neighboring structure and the neighboring structure’s type.
    f.
    The name of and distance to the nearest stream or body of water.
    g. The name of the owner of the structure to be burned, their daytime telephone number, address, and zip
    code. The owner
    must
    sign and date the Application where indicated.
    5. Asbestos Abatement Information –
    a. Has the original Asbestos Abatement and Demolition/Renovation Notification Form (DEP Form
    2700-FM-AQ0021) been submitted to DEP, with a copy to the U.S. EPA? If so, on what date was it
    submitted?
    b. If
    not
    , the original signed Asbestos Abatement and Demolition/Renovation Notification Form
    must
    be
    submitted to DEP, with a copy to the U.S. EPA, for each and every acquired structure,
    at least 10 working
    days
    prior to the date of the fire fighting training. However, to insure timely processing of the Application for
    Open Burning Exception for Fire Fighting Instruction and to avoid a possible delay of the scheduled training,
    the Department recommends that the Asbestos Abatement and Demolition/Renovation Notification Form be
    submitted to DEP at the same time as the DEP Application for Open Burning Exception for Fire Fighting
    Instruction is submitted to the PSFA Field Supervisor.
    Please write the words “Fire Fighting Training” in box
    1 of the Asbestos Abatement and Demolition/Renovation Notification Form.
    Notice
    : An Asbestos Abatement and Demolition/Renovation Notification Form must be submitted for each
    and every structure acquired or used for fire fighting training, regardless of type of structure. A certified
    building inspector trained in asbestos inspection must inspect the structure. Blocks 10, 25, and 26 of the
    Asbestos Abatement and Demolition/Renovation Notification Form must be completed and signed.
    c. A written statement signed by the owner or operator of the structure must be attached to the Application for
    Open Burning Exception for Fire Fighting Instruction.
    This statement must either identify what
    asbestos-containing material (floor tile, roofing, etc.) is present and state that all asbestos-containing material
    will be removed and properly disposed of before the fire fighting training takes place, or state that there is no
    asbestos-containing material in or on the structure.
    6. State Fire Academy Information – The following information is required for review and approval of the Application
    by the OSFC/PSFA Field Supervisor.
    a. The Fire Chief must sign and date the Application for Open Burning Exception for Fire Fighting Instruction.
    b. Print the name of the Lead Instructor (PSFA course) or trainer (non-PSFA course) and his/her daytime
    telephone number. If the organization is hosting a PSFA course and is not sure who will be the Lead
    Instructor, they should contact an Educational Training Agency supporting their county and request a Lead
    Instructor. This will require that the PA State Fire Academy’s “
    Local Level Course Application
    ” be submitted
    to an Educational Training Agency before filing the Application for Open Burning Exception for Fire Fighting
    Instruction (see Step 1 under Part A. Submission and Approval Process for Use of an Acquired Structure for
    Fire Fighting Instruction).
    c. Indicate if all notifications have been made to the local or state police, neighbors, 911 center, and utilities.
    d. List the combustible materials and quantities to be used to ignite the training fires.
    e. List the type of training (non-PSFA course) or the PSFA course title of the class being conducted, e.g.
    ”exposure protection”, “handline practice”, or
    Structural Burn Session
    , and justification for the training.

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