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Several friends have inquired about where they can obtain quality firearms
training locally.

The Pittsburgh region is blessed with two organizations that conduct top
shelf training: DTI and Fire Institute.  These are nationally recognized
instructors.  You can train with them locally, acquire life saving skills
and save yourself a lot of money as compared to traveling to a distant

Firearms training from DTI and Fire Institute is professional, challenging
and fun.  There is plenty of positive reinforcement from enthusiastic
instructors.  You will learn skills that have saved the lives of many
citizens including police and soldiers.  If you have never participated in
this type of training and you think that you know how to shoot because of
your police or military training or testosterone level or NRA training you
are in for a surprise.  Students come away from these classes with a totally
new appreciation and feeling of pride and accomplishment.

I have trained alongside battle hardened Marines just back from the box who
quipped that the Army and Marines need to get up to speed and adopt this
type of training.

DTI is headed up by nationally recognized instructor John Farnam.  Put
simply, John Farnam and his team of able co-instructors teach you how to
survive a hostile social encounter.

Vicki Farnam's  'Women's Defensive Handgun' is ladies only and is slow paced
to introduce women to defensive handgun usage the right way.

Doc Gunn's Tac-Med 'Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds' is highly
recommend.  If you are going to be around guns, as a first responder or
firearms instructor, you had better know how to save lives with this

Fire Institute is headed up by Gunsite trained Pittsburgh lawyer Pete
Georgiades with a very capable staff of volunteer instructors.  They teach
classes and bring in nationally recognized top notch visiting instructors.
This year they will bring in Giles Stock, Randy Cain and Steve Tarani or Ben
Salas.  click on 'course schedule'


Act 235 Schools


Jim Fox, Director
Harrisburg Area Community College
1 HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110


Paul Skirtich, Director
Armor Security Training Institute - Monaca
1331 North Brodhead Rd
Monaca, PA 15061


(724)775-8561 ext:141
Robert G. Grimm, Director
Community College of Beaver County
Campus Drive
Monaca, PA 15061


(610) 359-7386

William Davis, Director
Delaware County Community College
85 North Malin Rd
Broomall, PA 19008


James J. O'Neill, Director
Holy Family College
Frankford & Grant Aves
Philadelphia, PA 19136


Thomas Miller, Director
Security Officers Training Academy, Inc
1226 Clark Street
Mc Keesport, PA 15131


Tom Ford, Director
Mercyhurst College
16 West Division Street
North East, PA 16428


Karen A. Flannery PhD, Director
Luzerne County Community College
1333 S. Prospect Street
Nanticoke, PA 18634-3814


Raymond Naccarati, Director
Suburban Academy of Law Enforcement, Inc
P. O. Box 17169

Pittsburgh, PA  15235


Susan Bortz, Director
Westmoreland County Community College
400 Armburst Road
Youngwood, PA 15697-1801


William Britt, Director
Security Training Programs, Inc
4730 Blakiston Street
Philadelphia, PA 19136


(724)357-4054 ext. 3987
Gary Welsh, Director
Indiana University of PA
R & P Building Maple St - Rear
Indiana, PA 15701


(570) 961-7825
Bart Burne, Director
Lackawanna Junior College
501 Vine Street
Scranton, PA 18509-2306


(215) 875-9854
Joseph Garbarino, Director
The University of the Arts
1228 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5927


(814) 359-2793
Gregory Michelone, PhD, Director
Central PA Institute of Science and Technology
540 North Harrison Road

Bellefonte, PA 16823-8644


(610) 799-1574
Ann Bieber, Director
Lehigh Carbon Community College
4525 Education Park Dr
Schnecksville, PA 18078-2502


(215) 245-5627
Linda Rementer, Director
Pennsylvania Lethal Weapons Institute
2167 State Street
Bensalem, PA 19020-7325


(412) 279-0500
Ernest Fullerton, Director
Triton Communications, Inc

931 Valleyview Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15243


Michael D'Alessandro, Director
Shield Police/Security Training, Inc
2885 West Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15216


Samuel Starr, Director
Starr Uniform Educational Center
207 Center Street
Scranton, PA 18503


Barbara Corrigan, Director
Mansfield University
201 Memorial Hall
Mansfield, PA 16933


C. Robert McDowell, Director
Lethal Weapons Training Academy
8470 Edinboro Road
Mc Kean, PA 16426-1336


Robert Bazant, Director
Penn Commercial, Inc
242 Oak Spring Road
Washington, PA 15301-2871


Larry Williams, Director
Williams & Sons Uniforms, Inc
P.O. Box 132 Ferguson-Mt. Braddock Rd
Mt. Braddock, PA 15465-0132


Frank Taylor, Director
Shimmerville Recreation, Inc
5402 Chestnut Street
Emmaus, PA 18049-5001


Debbie Osifat, Director
Ready, Aim, Fire, Inc
5800 Ellwood Avenue Suite F
Bristol, PA 19007-3409


John Ricco, Director
Classic Pistol
1310 Industrial Rd
Southampton, PA 18966-4030


Robert Betz, Director
Olde City Indoor Pistol Range
336 North 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107



Michael Lucas, Director
North Montco Technical Career Center
1265 Sumneytown Pike
Landsdale, PA 19446


Ralph D. Varrato, Director
Double "R" Firearms Academy
529 Freeport Road
New Kensington, PA 15068


(570) 669-7010

Ann Bieber, Director

Nesquehoning Lehigh Carbon Community College

24 E. Locust Street

Nesquehoning, PA   18240


(215) 551-4544

James Mastroddi, Director

The Philadelphia Archery and Gun Club, Inc.

831-833 Ellsworth Street

Philadelphia, PA   19147