Welcome to Lehigh Emergency Services Training Academy

The Lehigh Emergency Services Training Academy (LESTA) was established to coordinate the delivery of training to all fire and rescue services within Lehigh County, PA. Through partnerships with several public safety training organizations, LESTA seeks to provide high-quality programs for firefighters and rescue personnel and is committed to meeting the training needs of all first responders in Lehigh County. Lehigh Emergency Services Training Academy is an IRS 501c nonprofit organization incorporated in 1987; tax-exemption Employer Identification Number (EIN) 23-2421195.

LESTA members include representatives from multiple fire service organizations, EMS agencies, emergency management, and several at-large instructor representatives. 

To contact us, please send us an email or call (610) 799-1101.

If you are interested in hosting a class, review the current Bucks County Community College Local Level Emergency Services Training Catalog

Out of county students:  It is LESTA's policy not to turn away out of county students as long as in-county (LEHIGH) students are given first priority.


Use of Facilities


Lehigh County Training Locations

LESTA coordinates and provides partial funding for several training facilities throughout Lehigh County including:


Scheduled Classes

Interior Firefighting: Live Fire Exercises (ELIF)


This entry-level course is designed to introduce new firefighters to interior fire ground operations including Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA); Search and Rescue Procedures; Firefighter Survival; Ventilation; Utility and Loss Control; Origin and Cause; and Fire Control (Suppression). This is the fourth of five levels (courses) in the curriculum.


Star Hose Fire Company No. 1 (Emerald)
7748 Penn St
Slatington, PA 18080

Dates and Times:

Thursday, April 15        – 
Tuesday, April 20         – 
Thursday, April 22        – 
Tuesday, April 27         – 
Thursday, April 29        – 
Saturday, May 1           – 08:00-17:00
Sunday, May 2             – 08:00-17:00
Thursday, May 13         – 
Sunday, May 16            – 08:00-17:00
Tuesday, May 18          – 


40.0 (Lecture: 12.0hrs / Lab: 28.0hrs)


Age 18 and up, Exterior Firefighter (ELEF), Hazardous Materials Operations Level




Joseph Greco
Kathleen Gavala
Keith Oliphant
John Poko
Jamie Mechling
Patrick Mriss
Doug Nothstein


First day of instruction