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Fire Training Academy RecruitsThe Fire Protection Bureau was originally accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) in 1995. This world-wide organization includes 114 member entities including 39 states, 10 Canadian provinces, the Republic of South Africa, Egypt, Germany, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, the United Kingdom, the Canadian Armed Forces, and the United States Department of Defense.

Following an on-site visit in March 2011 by three IFSAC members, the IFSAC Board of Governors re-accredited Washington State Patrol, Fire Protection Bureau on July 8, 2011.  The next site visit will occur in 2014.

Important Information:

Mandatory Training For All Test Administration Personnel

This training is mandatory for all test administration personnel. If you do not attend one of the scheduled training sessions before April 1, 2014, you will be removed from the Test Administration Personnel Program. Re-entry to the program will require you to begin at the Evaluator level as outlined in the up-dated policies and procedures.

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Accreditation


Any department, agency, region, association, district, private vendor, or person may make application to the Fire Protection Bureau for accreditation of their fire training programs. The entity shall be assessed by a site team on criteria and processes that address administrative procedures; record keeping and reporting procedure; staffing; facilities and equipment; policies and procedures; health and safety; performance standards; curriculum; and evaluation and testing.

Accreditation is based on national and state adopted performance standards. The Fire Protection Bureau has the authority to accredit training programs and has adopted the National Fire Protection Association professional qualification standards, when there is a need and a standard is available.

Presently Accredited:

  • Seattle Fire Department
  • Bates Technical College
  • Island County Firefighters Association
  • Spokane Fire Department
  • Everett Community College
  • Thurston Consortium
  • King County Officers Development Academy
  • Port of Seattle Fire Department

Certification


Fire personnel may become certified by successfully passing a written and practical state certification test in that discipline. Certification tests for competency are provided by the Fire Protection Bureau to fire organizations, professional associations, or institutions that act as the host entity. Candidates must score 80% on the written examination, and practical skills are graded on a pass/fail basis.

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Levels of Competency Testing:

Hazardous Material AwarenessHazardous Material Operations - Firefighter I Firefighter II Fire Officer IFire Officer IIFire Instructor IFire Instructor IIFire Inspector IFire InvestigatorFire & Life Safety EducatorAirport FirefighterDriver/Operator Pumper

Inquiries

If you have questions about individual certifications, reciprocity, or historical recognition, or if you would like information on Certified Testing Personnel (i.e., evaluators, proctors, etc.), please contact the Accreditation & Certification Unit at: ifsacquestions@wsp.wa.gov

Please note: If you are requesting a replacement certificate you will need to send a letter with an original signature to:

Washington State Patrol
Fire Protection Bureau
PO Box 42600
Olympia 98504.

The letter should include your full name, date of birth, last four digits of your of SSN, and mailing address, as well as the date/location/level that you tested.

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Pre-requisites:

Pre-requisites are defined as follows: a list of information, skills, previous requirements or certifications that candidates must have completed or mastered before entering into the state testing process for a particular level of certification.

  • Example # 1: Prior to Firefighter I testing, a candidate must have completed live fire training according to the NFPA standard.
  • Example # 2:; Prior to testing for Firefighter II, a candidate must be certified at the Firefighter I level.

Co-requisites:

Co-requisites are defined as follows: corresponding levels of certification or certifications that are dependent on each other for certification in the professional level. Co-requisites are required to be completed within a one-year timeframe of initial testing in the corresponding level.

  • Example #1 - Firefighter I, Hazardous Materials Awareness Hazardous Materials Operations are considered co-requisite levels. They must be completed within one year of testing. However, Hazardous Materials Awareness must be tested prior to testing for Hazardous Materials Operations. All three levels may be simultaneously tested on the same day.
  • Example #2 - Fire Officer I and Instructor I are co-requisite levels. They may be tested in any order, but they must both be completed within a one-year timeframe.

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Hazardous Material Awareness


Pre-requisites:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have high school diploma or other state recognized equivalent

Recommended Training:

  • Hazardous Material Awareness level training, NFPA 472, 2008 edition

Recommended Reading:

  • IFSTA Hazardous Materials for First Responders – Operations level, 4th edition
  • DOT North American Emergency Response Guidebook, 2008 edition
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Hazardous Material Operation


Pre-requisites:

  • Hazardous Material Awareness level IFSAC certification (Note: A certificate of training does NOT meet this requirement, your certificate must have a valid IFSAC seal)
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have high school diploma or other state recognized equivalent

Recommended Training:

  • Hazardous Material Awareness level training, NFPA 472, 2008
  • Hazardous Materials Operations level training, NFPA 472, 2008

Recommended Reading:

  • IFSTA Hazardous Materials for First Responders – Operations level, 4th edition
  • IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting and Fire Department Operations, 5th edition
  • DOT North American Emergency Response Guidebook, 2008 edition
  • IFSTA Hazardous Materials, Managing the Incident, 3rd edition
  • Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Handbook, NFPA 472 & 473, 5th edition, 2008
  • NFPA 472 Standard for Competency of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents – Awareness and Operations levels, 2008 edition
  • WSP Evaluation Sheetsp d f logo - Effective June 24, 2010
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Firefighter I


Pre-requisites:

  • Live fire training and testing on vehicle fire, Exterior Class A Fire, Interior Structure Fire, Incipient Class A, B, C Fires, and Ground Cover Fire NFPA 1001, 2008 edition
  • Emergency Medical Care certification as a First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, or proof of meeting performance requirements in NFPA 1001 standard
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have high school diploma or other state recognized equivalent

Co-requisites:

  • Hazardous Material Awareness level IFSAC certification
  • Hazardous Material Operations level IFSAC certification

Note: Effective June 24, 2010, Hazardous Materials Operations became a certification requirement for Firefighter I. Candidates actively testing on the Firefighter I level prior to that will not be required to obtain Operations level for Firefighter I. For those candidates that received Firefighter I certification prior to June 24, 2010 and wishing to test on Firefighter II, Operations will be treated as a co-requisite.

Recommended Training:

  • Firefighter I training to the NFPA 1001 standard, 2008 edition
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness level, NFPA 472, 2008 edition
  • Hazardous Material Operations level, NFPA 472, 2008 edition

Recommended Reading:

  • IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting, 5th edition
  • IFSTA Fire Inspector and Code Enforcement, 7th edition
  • NFPA 1001 Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications - Firefighter I Professional Competencies, 2008 edition
  • WSP Evaluation Sheetsp d f logo

NEW Firefighter I skills sheets to the 2008 NFPA edition EFFECTIVE DATE for testing is JUNE 24, 2010, and after.

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Firefighter II


Pre-requisites:

  • Firefighter I level IFSAC certification (IFSAC)
  • Hazardous Material Operations level IFSAC certification
  • Hazardous Material Awareness level IFSAC certification
  • Live fire training on Extinguishing an Ignitable Liquid Fire, Coordinate an Interior Attack Line, and Control a Flammable Gas Cylinder Fire
  • Perform a fire safety survey in a private dwelling and present a fire safety information session to a small group according to NFPA 1001, 2008 edition
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have high school diploma or other state recognized equivalent

Recommended Training:

  • Firefighter II training to the NFPA 1001 standard, 2008 edition

Recommended Reading:

  • IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting, 5th edition
  • NFPA 1001 Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications Firefighter II Professional Competencies, 2008 edition
  • WSP Evaluation Sheetsp d f logo - Effective June 24, 2010
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Fire Officer I


Pre-requisites:

  • Firefighter II level IFSAC certification
  • Firefighter I level IFSAC certification
  • Hazardous Material Operations level IFSAC certification
  • Hazardous Material Awareness level IFSAC certification
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have high school diploma or other state recognized equivalent

Co-requisites:

  • Fire Service Instructor I level IFSAC certification

Recommended Training:

  • NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I Professional Qualifications, 2009 edition

Recommended Reading:

  • IFSTA Fire Department Company Officer, 4th edition, 1st printing
  • IFSTA Fire Inspection & Code Enforcement, Seventh Edition
  • IFSTA Chief Officer, 2nd edition
  • NFPA 1021, Fire Officer I Professional Standard, 2009 edition
  • WSP Evaluation Sheetsp d f logo
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Fire Officer II


Pre-requisites:

  • Fire Officer I level IFSAC certification
  • Fire Service Instructor I level IFSAC certification
  • Firefighter II level IFSAC certification
  • Firefighter I level IFSAC certification
  • Hazardous Material Operations level IFSAC certification
  • Hazardous Material Awareness level IFSAC certification
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have high school diploma or other state recognized equivalent

Recommended Training:

  • NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I Professional Qualifications, 2009 edition

Recommended Reading:

  • FSTA Fire Department Company Officer, 4th edition, 1st printing
  • NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, 2008 edition
  • IFSTA Chief Officer, 2nd edition
  • IFSTA Fire Inspection and Code Enforcement, 7th edition
  • IFSTA Fire Department Occupational Safety, 3rd edition
  • IFSTA Fire Detection and Suppression Systems, 4th edition
  • WSP Evaluation Sheetsp d f logo
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Fire Instructor I


Pre-requisite:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have high school diploma or other state recognized equivalent

Recommended Training:

  • Instructor I training to NFPA 1041, 2007 edition

Recommended Reading:

  • IFSTA Fire and Emergency Service Instructor, 8th edition
  • NFPA 1041 Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, 2007 edition
  • WSP Evaluation Sheetsp d f logo
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Fire Instructor II


Pre-requisites:

  • Fire Instructor I level IFSAC certification
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have high school diploma or other state recognized equivalent

Recommended Training:

  • Instructor II training to NFPA 1041, 2007 edition

Recommended Reading:

  • IFSTA Fire and Emergency Service Instructor, 7th edition
  • NFPA 1041 Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, 2007 edition
  • WSP Evaluation Sheetsp d f logo
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Fire Inspector I


Pre-requisites :

  • Hazardous Material Awareness level IFSAC certification
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have high school diploma or other state recognized equivalent

Recommended Training:

  • Inspector I training to NFPA 1031, 2009 edition

Recommended Reading:

  • IFSTA Fire Inspection and Code Enforcement, 7th edition, 1st printing
  • NFPA 1031 Standard for Professional Qualifications Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner, 2009 edition
  • WSP Evaluation Sheetsp d f logo

Note: Testing at this level requires coordination with the Office of State Fire Marshal

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Fire Investigator


Pre-requisites:

  • Must be 18 years of age; and
  • Must have high school diploma or other state recognized equivalent; and
  • Currently active as a fire investigator or have investigation duties assigned; and
  • Proof of fire investigation training meeting NFPA 1033 and NFPA 921; and
  • Proof of background check conducted by a local law enforcement jurisdiction or currently be criminal justice commissioned; and
  • Recommendation of the agency having jurisdiction or employing company; and
  • Hazardous Material Awareness training to NFPA 472

Recommended Training:

  • Fire Investigator training to NFPA 1033, 2009 edition
  • NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness Level Training

Recommended Reading:

  • IFSTA, Fire Investigator, 2nd edition
  • NFPA 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, 2009 edition
  • NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, 2008 edition
  • Brady, Prentice Hall, Kirk's Fire Investigation, 6th edition
  • Jones and Bartlett, Brannigan’s Building Construction for the Fire Service, 4th edition
  • WSP Evaluation Sheetsp d f logo

Currency Requirements:

  • Current IAAI or NAFI, and Washington State Fire Investigator IFSAC certificate; and
  • Documentation of meeting current NFPA standards; OR
  • Washington State Fire Investigator IFSAC certification; and
  • Active as a fire investigator; and
  • Documentation of 80 hours continuing education in current applicable NFPA standards the last 5 years, which includes current NFPA 921; and
  • Recommendation of the agency having jurisdiction or employing company
  • Current background check or copy of commission card
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Public Fire and Life Safety Educator I


Pre-requisites:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have high school diploma or other state recognized equivalent

Recommended Training:

  • Public Fire and Life Safety Educator I training to NFPA 1035, 2010 edition

Recommended Reading:

  • IFSTA Public Fire and Life Safety Educator, 3rd edition
  • IFSTA Fire Service Instructor 7th edition
  • NFPA 1035 Professional Standards for Fire and Life Safety Educator, 2010 edition
  • WSP Evaluation Sheetsp d f logo
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Airport Firefighter


Pre-requisites :

  • Firefighter II level IFSAC certification
  • Firefighter I level IFSAC certification
  • Hazardous Materials Operations level IFSAC certification
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness level IFSAC certification
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have high school diploma or other state recognized equivalent

Recommended Training:

  • Airport firefighter training to NFPA 1003, 2010 edition

Recommended Reading:

  • NFPA 1003, Airport Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, 2010 edition
  • IFSTA Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting 5th edition 1st printing
  • Federal Aviation Regulations, Part 139
  • IFSTA Principles of Vehicle Extrication, 2nd edition, 1st Printing
  • NFPA 402 Fire Fighting Operations, 2008 edition
  • NFPA 1500, 2010 edition
  • Jones and Bartlett, Fire Responder, 4th edition 1st Printing
  • FAA Advisory Circular 150/5210
  • FAA Advisory Circular 150/5200
  • WSP Evaluation Sheets p d f logo

Note: Testing at this level requires coordination with the Office of State Fire Marshal

 

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Driver/Pumper Operator


Pre-requisites:

  • Firefighter I level IFSAC certification
  • Hazardous Materials Operations level IFSAC certification
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness level IFSAC certification
  • Evidence of having completed one of the following courses:
    • EVIP (Emergency Vehicle Incident Prevention)
    • IAPD (International Academy of Professional Driving)
    • VFIS (Volunteer Fireman’s Insurance Services)
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have high school diploma or other state recognized equivalent

Recommended Training:

  • NFPA 1002 Driver Operator/Pumper Chapters 4 & 5

Recommended Reading:

  • NFPA 1002, Standard on Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications, 2009 edition
  • IFSTA Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, 2nd edition
  • WSP Evaluation Sheets p d f logo

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Revised guidelines are in development for Accreditation, Certification, and Planning/Conducting Certification Examinations. For more information, contact the Professional Development & Response Section at (360) 596-3945 or ifsacquestions@wsp.wa.gov.


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