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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 41 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 three IFSAC member representatives in December 2014, the IFSAC Board of Governors re-accredited Washington State Patrol, Fire Protection Bureau on April18, 2015. The next site visit will occur in 2019.

Accreditation


In 1992 the former Fire Protection Policy Board directed that the Fire Protection Bureau offer accreditation of local fire training programs. This accreditation is based on a peer-driven review of policies, procedures, and curriculum. The following programs are currently 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

The direction and content of this program is under review by the State Fire Marshal and no additional applications will be considered at this time. Please contact our office at (360) 596-3945 or ifsacquestions@wsp.wa.gov for more information.

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.

For information on Certification Written Test locations and opportunities, please contact ifsacquestions@wsp.wa.gov or call 360-596-3945.

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 or call 360-596-3945.

The State Fire Marshal's Office no longer issues replacement certificates. A letter of certification verification can be requested by submitting a request which includes the following: your full name, date of birth, the last four digits of your social security number, and mailing address. Please mail the request to:

Washington State Patrol
Fire Protection Bureau
Attn: Accreditation/Certification
PO Box 42642
Olympia, WA 98504

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Prerequisites:

Prerequisites 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.

Corequisites:

Corequisites are defined as follows: corresponding levels of certification or certifications that are dependent on each other for certification in the professional level. Corequisites 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 corequisite 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 corequisite 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


Prerequisites:

  • 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, 4th Edition
  • DOT North American Emergency Response Guidebook, 2012 Edition
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Hazardous Material Operation


Prerequisites:

  • 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:

  • NFPA 472

Recommended Reading:

  • IFSTA Hazardous Materials for First Responders, 4th Edition
  • DOT North American Emergency Response Guidebook, 2012 Edition
  • WSP Evaluation Sheetsp d f logo
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Firefighter I


Prerequisites:

  • 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

Corequisites:

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

Recommended Training:

  • NFPA 1001

Recommended Reading:

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Firefighter II


Prerequisites:

  • 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:

  • NFPA 1001

Recommended Reading:

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Fire Officer I


Prerequisites:

  • 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

Corequisites:

  • Fire Service Instructor I level IFSAC certification

Recommended Training:

  • NFPA 1021

Recommended Reading:

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Fire Officer II


Prerequisites:

  • 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

Recommended Reading:

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Fire Instructor I


Prerequisite:

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

Recommended Training:

  • Instructor I training to NFPA 1041, 2012 edition

Recommended Reading:

  • IFSTA Fire and Emergency Service Instructor, 8th edition
  • NFPA 1041 Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, 2012 edition
  • WSP Evaluation Sheetsp d f logo
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Fire Instructor II


Prerequisites:

  • 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, 2012 edition

Recommended Reading:

  • IFSTA Fire and Emergency Service Instructor, 8th edition
  • NFPA 1041 Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, 2012 edition
  • WSP Evaluation Sheetsp d f logo
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Fire Inspector I


Prerequisites :

  • 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


Prerequisites:

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

Recommended Training:

  • NFPA 1035

Recommended Reading:

  • IFSTA Public Fire and Life Safety Educator 3rd Edition
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Airport Firefighter


Prerequisites :

  • 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:

  • NFPA 1003

Recommended Reading:

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

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Driver/Pumper Operator


Prerequisites:

  • 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

Recommended Reading:

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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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