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Firefighter Training · Basic Firefighter Program

The Basic Firefighter Training Program is designed by the Office of the State Fire Marshal to provide fire departments and fire protection districts with resources and financial support to facilitate and enable the training of fire fighters to minimum safety requirements. The program addresses the adopted NFPA 1001-2002 edition in modular format, NFPA 1403-1997 edition, NFPA 472-2001 edition and applicable sections of WAC 296-305.Basic Fire Fighter Training Program

Participation is open to any city fire department or fire protection district in the State of Washington. The program requires that participants receive training, at the discretion of their department as described in eleven modules. To begin the application process, download the application (Microsoft Excel) and complete Section 1.

Program Support

Our Program Manual thoroughly explains the program and provides information about training requirements, the application process, and the reimbursement schedule. It also contains useful information for developing instructors and volunteer recruit schools. For additional information or questions about the program, contact us at:

  • Basic Firefighter Training Program
    Office of the Fire Marshal, Washington State Patrol
    PO Box 42642 Olympia, WA 98504-2642
  • Phone: 360-596-3928
  • E-Mail:

Basic Firefighter Training Resources

Sharing knowledge, information, and resources is critical to the success of the fire service in Washington State. Collaboration is key to sharing the knowledge of the thousands of fire service personnel across the state. The benefits of sharing knowledge and resources include reducing duplication, sharing best practices, opening communication, and increasing standardization.

These materials are offered as a resource for non-commercial use only. The Fire Protection Bureau (FPB) makes no warranties as to their accuracy, completeness, or adequacy. Users should critically review these materials for accuracy and adequacy before using. The FPB is not responsible or liable for damages of any kind resulting from a user's reliance on these materials.

The resources provided below are available for fire departments to use for training or to augment training as they see fit. Some resources are all inclusive and some are not.

Shared Lesson Outlines

Shared lesson outlines and Power Point presentations may be downloaded for easy delivery. Student handouts may be built from the Power Point slides. It is the responsibility of each fire department to review the material and determine if it fits their needs.

Skill Verification Booklets

Skill verification booklets are available to track critical skills which are required to perform the duties and functions of firefighters. The Basic Firefighter qualification process is performance based. The primary criterion for qualification is individual performance in exercises and classroom activities as observed by an evaluator qualified in that position. These skill books are based upon NFPA standards.

To print the following Skill Verification Books in the correct page sequence, follow the directions found in the Skill Booklet Printing Instructions.

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