Len Hoben


How long have I been around?  Well let’s just say that when I took my first EMT class they didn’t have any books so we used a cross between the Bureau of Mine Safety and The American Red Cross.  The PA Department of Health EMT Patch wasn’t even trademark registered yet.  We parked the hearse but still used the Caddy’s!!   My  “Tools” of the trade as related to the fire service can now be found in the Smithsonian e.g. Chemox, Rubber jackets, etc.  I learned vehicle rescue directly from the then “Masters” Bob Murray and Harvey Grant, but then I continued to learn and still do today almost 32 years later.  If the day ever comes that I don’t learn something new, then it’s time to step down.




United States Postal Service as a District Safety Specialist responsible for OSHA compliance, accident prevention/investigation and responsible for the training of HAZMAT, First Aid and Evacuation Teams throughout the state of Pennsylvania.




Currently an active member of the Whitehall Township Volunteer Fire Department assigned to a Rescue/Fire Company.  Primary duties include water rescue, SCUBA Diver, rescue Technician and Firefighter.


Member of Coaldale Volunteer Fire Company # 1 for 32 continuous years.




Marian Catholic High School – Class of 1971

USAF School of Aerospace Sciences

Pennsylvania State University

Schuylkill County Fireman’s Association Fire School

Lehigh Emergency Services Training Institute

Berks County Fire Training Academy

Pennsylvania State Fire Academy – Lewistown, PA

National Fire Academy – Emmitsburg, MD

National Association of Safety Specialist

Occupational Safety and Health Organization field training programs

National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies

Associate Engineering Technician in Fire Protection Engineering






American Red Cross First Responder, CPR and AED Instructor

Emergency Vehicle Operations

Fundamentals of Fire Fighting

Advanced Fire Fighting

Structural Burn

Flash Over Survival

Firefighter Self Rescue

Trench Rescue

DOH Vehicle Rescue

DOH Vehicle Rescue Instructor

Rope Rescue I, II & III

High Angle Rescue

Fundamentals of Engineering

Pump1 & 2

Tanker Operations

Incident Command

Confined Space Awareness

Confined Space Operations

Arson Investigation

Facilitator Training

HAZMAT Awareness

HAZMAT Operations

HAZMAT Technician

HAZMAT Incident Command

HAZMAT Instructor

Truck Company Operations

Large Area Search and Rescue

Rapid Intervention Team Training

PADI – Open Water SCUBA Diver

PADI – Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diver

PADI – Medic Diver

PADI – Rescue Diver

Currently Enrolled in PADI Dive Master Course

YMCA Rescue Diver

LGS/NAUI/ACUC Black Water Certified

LGS/NAUI/ACUC Rapid Deployment Search and Rescue/Recovery Diver

2003 Pennsylvania EMS Council Basic Vehicle Rescue Awareness Training

2003 Pennsylvania EMS Council Basic Vehicle Rescue Operations Training

2003 Pennsylvania EMS Council Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician Certification


Favorite quote by Walt “Butch” Hendrick, Life Guard Systems Trainer.


“The purpose of Education and Training is to make sure you can go home when the job is done!”