The Washington State Fire Training Academy (FTA), located near North Bend, protects the citizens of Washington State through training, collaboration, and support of the fire service and other public safety professionals.
Recruit Academy Program
Weekday Recruit Academy
The weekday firefighting academy will provide comprehensive training in all aspects of basic firefighting skills. It is designed to prepare and train recruits to meet those skills established by fire departments as entry-level. Knowledge obtained from classroom instruction is transferred to fire-ground application during many hours of live fire training. This course meets all requirements for Firefighter 1 and 2 along with Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations levels based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1001, “Firefighter Professional Qualifications.”
Weekend Recruit Academy
The Basic Firefighter 1 program provides comprehensive training in all aspects of basic firefighting skills. It is intended for those volunteer firefighters who wish to be trained to the NFPA Firefighter 1 and Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations level and are unable to attend the 12-week program. Attendees will receive basic training in fire control, search and rescue, ladders, loss control, self-contained breathing apparatus, fire ground safety, tools, equipment and hazardous materials awareness and operations. This course meets all requirements for Firefighter 1 along with Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations levels based on NFPA Standard 1001, “Firefighter Professional Qualifications.”
Company Officer Development Program
The Company Officer Development Program is held in conjunction with both the Weekday and Weekend Recruit Academies. Company Officers play a very important role in the success of each Recruit Academy and serve as first line leaders. This program is intended to develop leadership and management skills. Company Officers will primarily assist state instructors with hands on training and teaching classes. They are responsible for the day to day activities and provide purpose, direction and motivation to the recruits. Some of the tasks that they will be expected to carry out include maintaining discipline, instilling leadership traits, completing weekly written evaluations, delegating assignments, and overseeing class projects.
Open Enrollment Classes
Both a registration form and IFSAC Candidate Application will be needed in order to register you for any Open Enrollment class with IFSAC testing (Live Fire Instructor Course, Fire Control 1, and Search & Rescue do not have IFSAC testing). To register please submit both completed forms to FTARegister@wsp.wa.gov
• Registration (Open Enrollment)
• IFSAC Testing Candidate Application
Course Information is listed below:
Fire Control I
View Course Announcement: 2018 Fire Control 1 Announcement
This class covers:
• Direct Water Application
• Indirect Water Application
• Combination Water Application
• Water Application Principles
• Interior Fire Attack (as part of an attack crew)
• Class A Fire Behavior & Development
Fire Officer I
View Course Announcement: 2018 Fire Officer 1 Announcement
This class covers:
• Human Resource
• Community/Public Relations
• Fire Department Organization
• Administrative Activities
• Public Education
• Emergency Operations
• Fire inspection
Fire Officer II
View Course Announcement: 2018 Fire Officer 2 Announcement
This class covers:
• Fire Safety Inspection
• Public Fire Education
• Specialized Fire Protection Equipment
• Organizational Communications
• Strategic Planning and Tactics
• Human Resource Management
• Government Agencies
• Supervisor and Employee Interactions
• Budgetary Processing
• Information Management Systems
• Health and Safety
• Managing Affirmative Action
View Course Announcement: 2018 Firefighter 2 Announcement
Firefighters will receive training based on the NFPA 1001, “Firefighter Professional Qualifications” in:
• Incident Management System
• Fire Inspection Principles
• Company Level Fire Investigations
• Incident Reporting
• Technical Rescue
• Auto Extrication
• Live Fire Control
Live Fire Instructor
View Course Announcement: 2018 Live Fire Instructor Course Announcement
Provides an in-depth knowledge of NFPA 1403 principles and the Fire Training Academy’s (FTA) Live Fire Policy. This class also includes:
• FTA Procedures
• Guidelines for Conducting Live-Fire Events
• Describe the Live Fire NFPA 1403 Requirements
• Identifying Any Legal Requirements Associate with Live Fire.
Fire Instructor I
View Course Announcement: 2018 Instructor 1 Announcement
Prepares personnel on how to deliver instruction from a prepared lesson plan. This class also includes:
• Assembling Course Materials
• Using Instructional Aides
• Evaluation Tools
• Reviewing and Adapting Lesson Plans
• Teaching to Individual Students versus Groups
• Organizing and Providing a Safe Learning Environment
• How to Use, Prepare and Maintain Training Records in accordance with Bureau Standards.
Fire Instructor II
View Course Announcement: 2018 Instructor 2 Announcement | 2018 Instructor 2 OE Pre-Course Prep
Prepares the participant for planning and developing all aspects of course curriculum. This class also includes:
• Needs Analysis
• Task Analysis
• Course Goals and Objectives
• Lesson Plan Development
• Instructional Support Materials
• Evaluation Instruments.
Search & Rescue
View Course Announcement: 2018 Search & Rescue OE Announcement
This class covers the basic skills a firefighter needs to conduct interior search and rescue operations in:
• Search Team Functions
• Locating and Removing Victims
• Primary and Secondary Search
• Firefighter Emergency Procedures Search (Searching for firefighters that become separated from the search team or become disoriented)
Co-Op & Facilities Use & Other Scheduled Training
Co-Op Scheduled Training
Co-Op Training provides opportunities for Fire Fighters to receive multiple company operations and live fire training using the burn tower or flammable liquids props. This training includes live fire activities, scenario dispatching, incident command, pump operator challenges, engine company operations, truck company operations, search and rescue, passport accountability, and more. Departments develop their own Live Fire Action Plans based on their own training needs.
Additional Documentation for scheduled training:
• Live Fire Action Plan Example
• FTA Training Request Form
• Blank Student & Personnel Roster
• FTA Rules of Conduct
• Live Fire Training Event Policy
Facilities Use & Other Scheduled Training
The FTA allows many different types of facility use from Law Enforcement Less Lethal Training to Rocket Tests to Fireworks Demonstrations. Please review the Prop and Facility Use Section below along with the FTA Rules of Conduct for more information.
All Co-Op, facilities use and other schedule training is subject to: Availability of facilities, review, and approval by FTA staff prior to scheduling. Fill out the FTA Training Request Form and e-mail the completed version to FireTrainingAcademy@wsp.wa.gov to schedule your next training.
Marine Firefighting Program
To register for a Marine Firefighting Open Enrollment Course, all prospective applicants must complete the following steps:
Step 1: Review the available Fire Training Academy Marine Open Enrollment Courses Offered.
Step 2: Once you have found a course you would like to register for, please complete the Marine Registration Form.
Step 3: Complete the electronic medical questionnaire using the link: http://www.ushealthworks.com/MarineProgram. Your questionnaire will be reviewed by a licensed medical professional to determine your eligibility to participate in live-fire training. The Fire Training Academy will be notified once you have been medically cleared. Please wait a minimum of 24 hours for your paperwork to be processed before proceeding to Step 4.
Step 4: Complete a qualitative or quantitative respirator fit test. Print the HealthWorks Authorization for Service form. Bring in the Authorization form and a valid photo ID with you to one of the below locations:
• Everett (Paine Field), 3101 111th St. SW, Unit T/U (425-267-0299) – Open M-F 7am to 5pm
• Seattle (South), 3223 First Avenue S., Ste. C (206-624-3651) – Open M-F, 6am to 4:30 pm
• Tukwila (Fort Dent), 6720 Fort Dent Way, Suite 110 (206-242-3651) – Open M-F, 7am to 5pm
• Tacoma, 2624 S. 38th St. (253-475-5908) – Open M-F, 7am to 7pm; Sat, 9am to 5pm
Regional Direct Delivery Program
The Regional Direct Delivery (RDD) Program was created to establish and facilitate Basic Firefighter I Training in rural communities. This program provides training resources to rural volunteer fire departments, enabling firefighters across the state meet a basic level of safe performance and professional development.
For more information please contact Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Howard Scartozzi at 425-401-7732 or via e-mail at Howard.Scartozzi@wsp.wa.gov.
Basic Firefighter Training
• Regional Recruit Academy – Basic Firefighter 1 curriculum delivered regionally on a specific schedule concluding with International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Firefighter 1 certification testing.
• Regional Block Classes – One or two-day Basic Firefighter classes scheduled and hosted regionally.
• FTA Block Classes – One or two-day classes scheduled and hosted at the FTA.
National Fire Academy Classes
Coordinates and/or delivers courses on behalf of the National Emergency Training Center (FEMA) Outreach Training.
• Current Two-Day Off-Campus Classes
• Current Six-Day Off-Campus Classes
FTA Basic Firefighter I Recruit Academy Scholarship
There is tremendous value when firefighters achieve ISFAC Firefighter I certification. This value extends not only to the individual firefighter, but to the entire community being served. To assist firefighters in achieving ISFAC Firefighter I certification, the FTA is offering a scholarship program exclusively for volunteer firefighters.
Successful candidates attend the Weekend Recruit Academy at the FTA every Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday for three months.
Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Program
New courses and training are currently in development for the FTA’s Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) Program. Please check back soon for more details. For questions contact Deputy State Fire Marshal Frank Poyner (425) 453-3000, Ext. 103 or via e-mail at Frank.Poyner@wsp.wa.gov.
Certification & Testing Only
All of the FTA’s Open Enrollment Courses conclude with IFSAC testing and evaluation. Tests are conducted by certified IFSAC Evaluators. Once the test is complete, the State Fire Marshal’s Office Accreditation and Certification Program processes and approves the completed tests. Please contact the Accreditation and Certification Program directly if you have questions regarding IFSAC Certifications.
Testing Only – Add-Ons for Practical and Written Testing Only
Students may submit a Testing Only Registration form and IFSAC Candidate Application to add-on to any IFSAC testing scheduled at the FTA. Applications will be placed on a waitlist and accepted on a space available basis, approximately two-weeks prior to the test date. The cost for adding on to testing is $85.00 for practical evaluation, $85.00 for written testing, and $150.00 for both. Currently the FTA does not accept live-fire add-on testing. Click below to see all scheduled IFSAC Testing at the FTA.
Requesting Facility Use
Please e-mail FireTrainingAcademy@wsp.wa.gov for more information regarding our facilities or to request a copy of our site map.
The Burn Building is a concrete multi story structure. It has a warehouse area with two burn pits, a small room with one burn pit, and a six story tower with burn pits on floors 3, 4, and 5 (please note our small room and floor 6 is no longer available for burns). The burn building also has three search props: one residential, one commercial, and a confidence builder (aka The Maze). This building is utilized to conduct multi company operations (MCO’s), fire behavior labs and the fire attack lab (Fire Control I). It has capabilities to simulate at grade, above grade, and below grade fires meeting the NFPA standard 1001 requirements for Firefighter I. The building is equipped with standpipes and water can be used throughout the building except for the search prop areas.
Burn Building Pole Shed (a.k.a. The Dirty Classroom)
This building is in close proximity to the burn building that can be used for safety briefings, instructional talks, after action reviews, and as a rehab station. It is a “dirty classroom” which allows saturated PPE to be worn in this area. It has plenty of bench seating, lockers for hanging or storing gear, bottle racks for spare SCBA bottles, white boards and ICS accountability boards.
This building houses three ARFF trucks and the ARFF prop control room. It can be utilized for classroom instruction, meetings, or small conference type events.
ARFF Prop/Field Area
The FTA offers a unique location for ARFF training and is home to one of the only state-of-the-art aircraft firefighting props in the Pacific Northwest. The prop is equipped to provide realistic hands-on training using jet “A” fuel and allows the use of non-PFAS foam as an extinguishing agent. The ARFF prop meets the requirements for providing FAA airport index A– BC- DE certification. In addition, the prop meets Canadian Aviation Regulation 323.14. This large space allows ARFF vehicles room to practice approaches, turret operations, and modulations (Pump & Roll Operations).
Marine Shipboard Prop
The prop is a 40-foot by 30-foot concrete structure, three stories high, that simulates the mid-ship section of a vessel. It has exterior ladder access to steel decks and authentic marine water tight doors that provide access to the interior compartments of the prop. The engine room prop simulates a diesel propulsion plant. Students experience multi-level diesel fuel fires inside the engine room. It provides training for bilge fires, fuel line failure fires, fuel tank overflow fires, and engine room access procedures.
Shipping containers located along side of the prop have been added to provide an area to demonstrate the difficulties experienced when moving hose and equipment or conducting Search and Rescue techniques through small shipboard passageways.
Coming Soon: Two more 40’ pre-engineered containers. These containers will add locations for students to enter the live-fire spaces and observe Class “A” fire behavior. Students will also learn attack techniques and both vertical and hydraulic ventilation tactics.
There are four classrooms on our campus; Classroom D, Classroom E, Classroom M and our Hazmat Classroom. Classrooms D and E have restrooms and four shower stalls. Classroom M is designated for our Weekday and Weekend Recruit Academies. All classrooms have lap top computers, DVD/VCR, and 60” TV’s.
Forcible Entry Prop
This prop is a redesigned shipping container with multiple stations for hands-on, forcible entry instruction. The stations include a breachable cinder block wall, 6 cutting stations (secured window, secured door, lag bolts, roll-up doors, garage doors, rebar tree) and breachable inward/outward swing doors. This prop also has a dry wall ceiling prop used to simulate overhaul and extension.
The Hazmat Building is a 100’ x 100’ high bay building with a classroom currently set up for 26 students. Available props inside the building include a search & rescue maze, a confined space area, a working hydrant and hose, simulated hose beds, simulated openings for ladder rescues, a Denver prop, an entanglement prop, and limited profile props.
Hazmat Outside Props
Currently there are four props located outside the Hazmat Building. They are the Hazmat tanker prop, the 1-ton chlorine container prop, the low pressure rail tank car, and the vertical tank prop.
Flammable Liquid Pads
Flammable liquid fire training props at the FTA are designed for firefighters to have access to multiple types of flammable liquid fires. Firefighters can practice tactics and strategies in a controlled learning environment on the following props:
• Flam Pad 1 – Cars at the Curb (a.k.a. Car Fires): Interior and engine fire simulations.
• Flam Pad 2 – Overturned Tanker: Cooling of tank and valve shut off.
• Flam Pad 3 – Portable fire extinguishers (Dry Chemical, CO2): Running flammable liquids and trough fires.
• Flam Pad 4 – Pool Fire: Foam applications (Only Recruit Academy allowed to use at this time).
• Flam Pad 5 – Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) fires, BLEVE valve prop, natural gas tree fires, household gas meter fires, class A fires, and dumpster fires.
• Flam Pad 6 – – Helo Prop: Simulated helicopter fire.
• Flam Pad 8 – Gasoline fed flange fires.
• Flam Pad 9 – Conex search prop and no-go fire observation lab.
Flam Pad Support Buildings with first aid room, observation tower, seating and storage areas.
The FTA has 3 ventilation props onsite. They are a commercial flat roof prop, a low-pitched residential roof prop, and a steep-pitched residential roof prop.
The dormitory is a two story building that has 20 dorm rooms. Each dorm room has two beds with the exception of two Americans with Disabilities Act compliant rooms that have two bunk beds and a restroom/shower in each room. There is a common room located on the first floor with a refrigerator, a microwave, a coffee maker, a sink, and storage areas. There are also two separate female and male restrooms and shower areas.
The FTA dining facility is currently under renovation. Check back soon for details on the new dining facility which is estimated to begin service July 1, 2018. At this time food service is only provided for the Recruit Academy Program.
50810 SE Grouse Ridge Road
PO Box 1273
North Bend, WA 98045
Chief of Instruction
Acting Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Kelly Merz
Regional Direct Delivery Program & National Fire Academy Program
Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Howard Scartozzi
Weekday Recruit Academy Program Coordinator
Deputy State Fire Marshal Mike Lant
Weekend Recruit Academy & Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Program Coordinator
Deputy State Fire Marshal Frank Poyner
Recruit Academy Program Coordinator
Deputy State Fire Marshal James Youngblood
Marine Program Coordinator
Deputy State Fire Marshal Shane Hughes
425-453-3000 ext 101
Billing & Administration
Secretary Supervisor Jackie Reinberg
425-453-3000 ext 100
Event Coordinator 2 & Public Information Officer
425-453-3000 ext 110