The 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 email@example.com or call 360-596-3945.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
PO Box 42642
Olympia, WA 98504
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 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 Material Awareness Hazardous Material Operations are considered corequisite levels. They must be completed within one year of testing. However, Hazardous Material Awareness must be tested prior to testing for Hazardous Material 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.
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 email@example.com.
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