The Washington County Firemens’ Association in cooperation with the Washington County Department of Public Safety have been working for the past 8 months on constructing an Oil/Gas Well training pad. The project includes developing one (1) acre of ground at the fire academy located at 895 Western Ave in Houston, PA to replicate an actual gas well pad. We are working with several gas well companies, engineers, contractors, and industry experts in providing some real life props and equipment first responders may see in the event of an oil/gas well related emergency. Completion of the project would provide first responders of Washington County and the surrounding areas a location to continue training on these types of emergencies incidents. In addition, we are coordinating with the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, Alternative Energy Emergency Response Program to schedule various classes upon completion of the project. Excavation for the project has already begun. Stay tuned for more information and pictures as the project gets underway.