CANCELLED – Prioritizing the Search

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Date(s) - August 13
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Parkersburg Fire Station 6

WVPST, in partnership with Wood County Fire School, is pleased to announce a Prioritizing the Search course by Citizens First Fire Training for August 13 & 14, 2022 from 9-5 each day. The current schedule with registration numbers are listed below.

Description:  Prioritize the Search is a realistic fire environment that promotes a mission first mentality to decrease civilian fire fatalities and maintaining an aggressive mindset. We examine search statistics ,forcible entry, search techniques, locating victims and making the grab. You cannot perform adequately if you do not prepare properly. We will spend the first half of the class building foundational knowledge and maximize reps for each student. You could say we are breaking down the basics and growing our abilities. The second half of the class is where the heat will be turned on. Literally. This portion will be real world scenarios that will challenge students to push themselves to their limits. The goal is to provide so much information, reps, skill, and knowledge that when returning to their departments, they can pass on the knowledge to make the difference in decreasing civilian fire fatalities. The whole purpose of our job, right? Students will perform forcible entry, the 10% search and primary searches locating/removing victims in zero visibility conditions. Students will encounter different floor surfaces and techniques that will make them successful in each scenario. Only question left to ask. Are you ready to dive in?

Instructor Bio: Chris Kessinger has been a student of the craft for 17 years, currently holding the role of Lieutenant with the City of Lebanon Division of Fire. Chris serves as the lead instructor and owner of Citizens First Fire Training in addition to the role of training officer/instructor for numerous schools, training facilities and departments. Chris has a deep passion for this job and making sure that the blue-collar traditions of our foundation stay alive and well. As an active member for the Central Ohio Fools chapter, Chris is able to continually spread those traditions and keep our service headed in the right direction. His passion, that one thing on the job that drives his soul will always be with truck company operations. Be aggressive in throwing ladders, aggressive in ventilation but most of all be aggressive in LOVING the job! Those core values are what Chris lives by. Chris is a nobody from nowhere that just loves the job and spreading the passion everywhere he goes. Our citizens are number 1 priority, anything other than that is simply unacceptable.

Pre-requisites: Must have fire 1 or interior rated equivalent since the live smoke will make it an IDLH.

PPE Needed:  Students will need full gear SCBA with spare bottle

Tuition: $35/person

Location: Wood County Training Center (2311 Camden Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26101)

Date: August 13 & 14, 2022

Time: 0900-1900 daily

Instructor: Chris Kessinger with Citizens First Fire Training

To Register: Follow the guidelines in the attached document using the course number in this posting. WVPST is adopting a new registration platform that we believe will be more user-friendly. Should you have any issues, please contact Eva Godbey at

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Course ID: 23-006-05 WVPST Parkersburg

If you have any questions or issues registering, please contact Eva Godbey at

PST Class Registrations

Go to:

If you don’t have an account, click Register.

  • Under location, select the correct region of the hosted class.
  • Parkersburg: Calhoun, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Putnam, Roane, Wirt, Wood
  • Charleston: Boone, Cabell, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Wayne
  • Complete all of the information.
    • WVOEMS # is not applicable, if you do not have a WVOEMS account
  • Verify account through the email you receive from PSTachio.
    • Once you have verified your account, the respective PST Regional Coordinator and Specialist will receive a notification to approve your account.
  • After your account has been approved, you need to log in using the email address and password you set up.
  • Click Registration
  • Enter the course number provided to you for the respective course.
    • Parkersburg 21-XXX-05
    • Charleston 21-XXX-03
  • Press Enter after the course number is entered
  • Click Register
    • You should be rerouted to your Transcript.

**If you have taken PST courses but have never created an account or try to register and are prompted with an account already exists for that username, contact your local PST for a password reset.

**Using the email address and password will allow you to review your transcript for all PST classes you have taken since July 2016, provided you have used the same email address for each region.  If you have taken a class and received a certificate, but it doesn’t show up on your transcript, contact the PST office for the area you took the course.

**If you are unable to log in, please contact Eva Godbey for a password reset. or (304) 766-0011 ext. 22.