Fire Training Academy

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.

Courses Offered

  • Recruit Academy Classes

    Weekday Firefighting 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 NFPA Standard 1001, “Firefighter Professional Qualifications”, 2008 edition and NFPA 472, “Hazardous Materials for First Responders”, 2008 edition.

    Weekend Firefighting Academy
    The Basic Firefighter 1 program provides comprehensive training in all aspects of basic firefighting skills. It is designed 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 and 2 along with Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations levels based on NFPA Standard 1001, “Firefighter Professional Qualifications”, 2008 edition and NFPA 472, “Hazardous Materials for First Responders”, 2008 edition.

    Company Officer Development Program
    The Company Officer Development Program is held in conjunction with both the weekday and weekend recruit academies. They play a very important role in the success of the academy and are the first line leader during these programs. This program is intended to help hone leadership and management skills for new officers as well as get them out of their comfort zone on occasion. Company Officers will be tasked with teaching some classes but will primarily assist state instructors with the hands on training. They are responsible for the day to day activities throughout the academy and provide purpose, direction and motivation to the recruits. Some of the tasks that they will be expected to carry out are: establishing a level of discipline that is commensurate with the fire service, completing weekly written evaluations, assigning details, determining student leadership, and overseeing class projects.

  • Open Enrollment Classes

    Fire Control I
    Fire Control 1 introduces and provides new firefighters with skills in:
    • Utilizing 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
    This course prepares Fire Officers to:
    • Manage Human Resource Concerns
    • Community/Public Relations Programs
    • Fire Department Organizations
    • Administration Activities
    • Budgets
    • Reports
    • Investigation
    • Public Education
    • Emergency Operations
    • Safety
    • Fire inspection

    Fire Officer II
    Our Fire Officer II program will cover:
    • 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

    Firefighter II
    Firefighters will receive training based on the NFPA 1001, “Firefighter Professional Qualifications”, 2008 edition in:
    • Incident Management System
    • Fire Inspection Principles
    • Company Level Fire Investigations
    • Incident Reporting
    • Technical Rescue
    • Auto Extrication
    • Live Fire Control

    Live Fire Instructor
    Our Live Fire Instructor Course provides an in-depth knowledge of NFPA 1403 principles and the Fire Training Academy’s (FTA) Live Fire Policy. The course will also cover:
    • 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
    Fire Instructor I prepares fire service personnel to deliver instruction from a prepared lesson plan. Additional areas covered include:
    • 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
    Fire Instructor II uses an intensive instructional methodology program to prepare the participant for planning and developing all aspects of course curriculum. The course also includes:
    • Needs Analysis
    • Task Analysis
    • Course Goals and Objectives
    • Lesson Plan Development
    • Instructional Support Materials
    • Evaluation Instruments.

    Search & Rescue
    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 Training & Other

    All Co-Op, facilities use and other schedule training is subject to: availability of facilities, review and approval by FTA staff prior to scheduling. Please e-mail to schedule your next training.

    Co-Op Scheduled Training
    Co-Op Training provides special opportunities for Fire Fighters to receive multiple company operations and live fire training using the burn tower or flammable liquids props. This training will provide live fire activities, scenario dispatching, incident command, pump operator challenges, engine company operations, truck company operations, search and rescue, passport accountability, etc. Departments are required to develop their own Live Fire Action Plan based off of department needs.

    Facilities Use & Other Scheduled Training
    The Fire Training Academy (FTA) allows many different types of facility uses from Law Enforcement Less Lethal Training to Rocket Tests to Fireworks Demonstrations. Please read our Rules of Conduct and review our facilities section before contacting the FTA regarding scheduling.

  • Marine Classes

    To register for a Marine Firefighting Open Enrollment Course, all prospective applicants must complete the following steps:

    Step 1: Register for a Fire Training Academy Marine Open Enrollment Course
    Step 2: Complete the electronic medical questionnaire using the link: 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 3.
    Step 3: Complete a qualitative or quantitative respirator fit test. Print the HealthWorks Authorization for Service form (Click here to download this 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

    Basic Marine Firefighting Class
    This 17.5-hour course aims to provide fire prevention and firefighter training for candidates in the maritime industry. This course meets the requirements of 1995 STCW Convention Chapter VI, Section A-VI/1, paragraph 2 and Table A-VI/1-2. Upon meeting the minimum standard of competence in fire prevention and firefighting, the trainee will be proficient in the use of fire appliances and be capable of taking appropriate measures for the safety of personnel.

    Advanced Marine Firefighting Class
    This 32-hour course is designed for all seafarers with safety or pollution prevention duties. This course covers the training required by STCW Section A-VI/3, as outlined in Table A-VI/3, Annex Two of the International Maritime Organizations (IMO) Resolution A.437 (XI) “Training of Crews in Firefighting” and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

    Advanced Refresher Marine Firefighting Class
    This course consists of both classroom and field training that covers the requirements of the 1995 STCW Convention Chapter VI, Section A-VI/3 and Table A-VI/3. Upon meeting the minimum standard of competence in advanced firefighting, a trainee will be competent to take command, organize and train fire parties and control firefighting operations. The seafarer will have acquired knowledge of fire prevention and an ability to inspect and service fire detection and extinguishing systems and equipment. They will also be able to investigate and report on incidents involving fire. This course is meant for mariners who do not have 1 year of seagoing service in the previous 5 years prior to the start of the course.

    Advanced Revalidation Marine Firefighting Class
    This course has no classroom training and is field based training only. It covers the same training as the “Advanced Refresher” course (see the above course description for details). This course is meant for mariners who have 1 year of seagoing service in the previous 5 years prior to the start of the course.

  • Regional Direct Delivery Training

    Regional Direct Delivery (RDD) was created to establish and facilitate Regional Basic Firefighter I Training programs which enhances regional capacity to protect, property and community vitality. RDD training ensures adequate fire and life safety for the people of Washington State. RDD helps to build local capacity through regional basic firefighter training and by enhancing departmental training plans, to reinforce essential fire suppression and emergency operations skills.

    The primary purpose of the RDD Basic Firefighter I Training Program is to provide training resources to rural volunteer fire departments, ensuring 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

    Basic Firefighter Courses
    • Regional Recruit Academy – Basic Firefighter 1 curriculum delivered regionally on a specific schedule concluding with 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 Courses
    • Current Six-Day Off-Campus

    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 Washington State Fire Training Academy is offering a scholarship program exclusively for volunteer firefighters. Successful candidates would attend one of two basic firefighter I academies (Weekend Recruit Academy) are scheduled annually. This requires a commitment of, every Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday for three months.

  • Aircraft Rescue Firefighting

    New courses and training programs are currently in development for the Fire Training Academy’s ARFF Training Program. Please check back soon for more details, or contact Deputy State Fire Marshal Frank Poyner at (425) 453-3000, Ext. 103 or via e-mail at

  • Certification & Testing Only

    Our International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) approved courses include IFSAC testing and evaluations at the end of the course. The tests are conducted by certified IFSAC Evaluators on the day of testing. Once the test is complete, results are submitted to the State Fire Marshal’s Office Certification for processing and approval for certification. If you have any questions regarding certification, please contact IFSAC directly (contact information below).

    Testing Only – Add-Ons for Practical and Written Testing Only
    Students may submit a registration and IFSAC Candidate Application for testing only. Please click here to submit your registration for testing only. Please note all “testing only” add-on students will be placed on a waitlist and notified if accepted approximately 2 weeks prior to the testing date. The cost for testing only is $85 for practical, $85 for written, and $150 for both. No live-fire add-on testing is currently offered.


  • Burn Building

    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 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 lab 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 is an area close to the burn building that can be used for safety briefings, instructional talks, after action reviews, and rehab station for live fire events. It is a dirty classroom so gear can be worn in this area. It has plenty of seating, lockers for hanging or storing gear, bottle racks for spare SCBA bottles, white boards and ICS accountability boards.

  • ARFF Building

    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 Washington State Fire Training Academy offers a unique training location for aircraft rescue firefighting and is home to the first state-of-the-art aircraft firefighting trainer in the Pacific Northwest. The prop is equipped to provide realistic hands-on training using jet “A” fuel and will allow the use of foam as an extinguishing agent. The ARFF prop meets the requirements for providing FAA airport A– BC- DE certification. In addition, the program meets the “Canadian Aviation Regulation 323.14”. This large space allows ARFF vehicles room to practice approaches, turret operations, and modulations (Pump & Roll Opps).

  • 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. The prop is used by students from the Navy, Coast Guard, marine industry, and fire departments with land based firefighters who provide shipboard firefighting, as well as search and rescue training.

    Shipping containers located along side of the prop have been added to provide an area to help demonstrate the difficulties experienced in moving hose, equipment and conducting Search and Rescue techniques through small shipboard passageways.
    Coming Soon: Two more 40’ pre-engineered containers will add locations for students to enter the fire spaces and practice Class “A” fire behavior, attack techniques, and both vertical and hydraulic ventilation tactics.

  • Classrooms

    There are 4 classrooms on our campus; Classroom D, Classroom E, Classroom M and our Hazmat Classroom. Classrooms D and E are for Open Enrollment Classes, Marine Program, weekend Co-Op classes, and meetings. These classrooms have restrooms and four shower stalls. Classroom M is designated for our Weekday and Weekend Recruit Academy’s. All classrooms have lap top computers, DVD/VCR, and 60” TV’s. They hold a minimum of 24 students with Classroom M able to hold 30+.

  • Forcible Entry Prop

    This prop is a container with multiple stations for hands-on instruction and practicing for forcible entry. The stations include, breaching cinder block wall, 6 cutting station (secured window, secured door, lag bolts, roll-up doors, garage doors, rebar tree, breaching inward/outward doors, and breaking locks with hand tools. This prop also has a dry wall ceiling prop used to simulate overhaul and extension.

  • Hazmat Building

    100’ x 100’ steel building with classroom (currently set up for 26 students). Available props inside the building include; search & rescue maze, confined space area, working hydrant and hose, simulated hose beds, simulated window openings for ladder rescues, Denver prop, entanglement and limited profile props, and area for ladder training.

  • Hazmat Outside Props

    Currently we have 4 props located outside our Hazmat Building; Hazmat tanker prop, 1-ton chlorine containers, low pressure rail tank car, and vertical tank prop.

  • Flammable Liquid Pads

    Flammable liquid fire training at our facility is designed for firefighters to have access to multiple 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 (Recruit Academy classes only at this time).
    • Flam Pad 5 – Liquid Petroleum Gases (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 storage area, observation tower, seating and storage areas.

  • Ventilation Props

    We have 3 ventilation props onsite; Commercial flat roof prop, low-pitched residential roof prop, and steep-pitched residential roof prop.

  • Dormitory

    The dorm is a 2 story building that has 20 bedrooms with 2 beds in each room with the exception of 2 ADA Compliant rooms that have 2 bunk beds and restroom/shower in each room as well. There is a common room located on the first floor with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, sink, etc. There are also 2 separate female and male restrooms and showers areas.

  • Dining Facility

    Our dining facility is scheduled to be renovated in November 2017. It currently seats 34 and serves the weekday and weekend Recruit Academy students only.

  • Administration Building

    The administration building is located on the upper campus and has 8 offices, 2 work stations, and 2 restrooms for males and females.

  • Maintenance Building

    The maintenance building has a maintenance bay, office, male and female restrooms with showers, and an apparatus bay that houses 3 fire engines. There is a 4th fire engine just purchased and is currently housed in our Hazmat Building.


  • General Information

    Driving Directions
    50810 SE Grouse Ridge Road
    PO Box 1273
    North Bend, WA 98045

    General Questions
    Phone: 425-453-3000
    Fax: 425-888-3060

    Scheduling & Registration Questions
    Phone: 425-453-3000 ext 110
    Fax: 425-888-3060
    E-Mail for Registration:
    E-Mail for Scheduling:

  • Contact Directory

    Captain Dan Atchison

    Assistant Commander
    Chad Cross

    Chief of Instruction
    Acting Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Kelly Merz

    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 10

    Billing & Administration
    Sectary Supervisor Jackie Reinberg
    425-453-3000 ext 100

    Scheduling/Registration, Public Information Officer, & Event Coordinator 3
    Katie Rasmussen
    425-453-3000 ext 110

    Regional Direct Delivery
    Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Howard Scartozzi

    Maintenance Supervisor
    Mika Elo

    Maintenance Mechanic 2
    Levi Scartozzi