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All-Risk Mobilization 

Under RCW 43.43.961, the Fire Service Resource Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide personnel, equipment, and other logistical resources from around the state when a wildland fire or other emergency exceeds the firefighting capacity of local jurisdictions.

  • Request a State Mobilization

    Only the Fire Chief of the local fire protection jurisdiction or fire chief’s authorized representative has the authority to request state fire services resource Mobilization. For more information, please contact Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Bill Slosson at (360) 596-3928.

    Mobilization Request Form
    Incident Complexity Analysis Form

    Mobilization Plan v12.0
    Cover, Sections 1 to 22 & Appendix A to L, O and P
    • Appendix N – Rates

  • Conditions for State Mobilization

    A request for State Mobilization may occur when the Fire Chief has expended or will expend all available:
    • Local resources
    • Mutual aid resources
    • If a special resource is needed and is not available through existing mutual aid agreements, this may be an extenuating circumstance where mutual aid has been exhausted without having response. This situation would be reviewed on a case by case basis.
    • Compliance with provisions of the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan

    When attempting to manage fires, disasters or other events that jeopardize the ability to provide for the protection of life and property, provided that:
    • The fires, disaster or other event is within a local jurisdiction boundary, or
    • Imminently threatening the jurisdiction, and
    • Identified trigger points (see definitions section) are established and reached

  • Instructions - Declaring a State Mobilization

    • When the conditions above have been met, the local fire chief or designee will complete the Mobilization Request Form and the Incident Complexity Analysis Form.
    • The Fire Prevention Division will analyze the mobilization request and contact the Chief of the Washington State Patrol for approval.
    • Once approved, resources will be coordinated and the appropriate staff will be assigned to the incident.

Basic Firefighter Reimbursement

The Basic Fire Fighter Training Program provides 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 1001-2013 edition in modular format, NFPA 1403-2012 edition, NFPA 472-2013 edition and applicable sections of WAC 296-305.

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
State Fire Marshal’s Office
PO Box 42642 Olympia, WA 98504-2642
Telephone phone: 360-596-3928
E-Mail: basicff1@wsp.wa.gov

Firefighter Certification

The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). Fire personnel may become certified by successfully passing written and practical examinations in various disciplines. Certification tests for competency are provided by the SFMO to fire organizations, professional associations, or institutions throughout the state.

Candidates must score 70% on the written examination and practical skills are graded on a pass/fail basis. For information regarding the certification process, reciprocity, or equivalency, please contact ifsacquestions@wsp.wa.gov or call (360) 596-3945.

Available Certifications
Available Certifications Prerequisite(s) Corequisites Recommended Training Recommended Reading Other Requirements
Hazardous Materials Awareness None None NFPA 472 IFSTA Hazardous Materials for First Responders, 4th Edition

DOT North American Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), 2016 Edition

Must be 18 years of age
Hazardous Materials Operations* Hazardous Materials Awareness None NFPA 472 IFSTA Hazardous Materials for First Responders, 4th Edition

DOT North American Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), 2016 Edition

Must be 18 years of age
Hazardous Materials Technician Hazardous Materials Awareness

Hazardous Materials Operations

None NFPA 472 IFSTA Hazardous Materials Technician,
2nd Edition
Must be 18 years of age
Firefighter I None Hazardous Materials Awareness

Hazardous Materials Operations

NFPA 1001 IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting, 6th Edition Must be 18 years of age
Firefighter II Hazardous Materials Awareness

Hazardous Materials Operations

Firefighter I

None NFPA 1001 IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting, 6th Edition Must be 18 years of age
Fire Officer I Hazardous Materials Awareness

Hazardous Materials Operations

Firefighter I

Firefighter II

Instructor 1 NFPA 1021 IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Company Officer, 5th Edition Must be 18 years of age
Fire Officer II Hazardous Materials Awareness

Hazardous Materials Operations

Firefighter I

Firefighter II

Officer I

None NFPA 1041 IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Company Officer, 5th Edition Must be 18 years of age
Instructor I None None NFPA 1041 IFSTA Fire and Emergency Service Instructor, 8th Edition Must be 18 years of age
Instructor II Instructor I None NFPA 1041 IFSTA Fire and Emergency Service Instructor, 8th Editionn Must be 18 years of age
Fire Inspector I Hazardous Materials Awareness None NFPA 1031 IFSTA Fire Inspection and Code Enforcement, 7th Edition Must be 18 years of age
Fire Investigator 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 Materials Awareness training to NFPA 472

None NFPA 1033

NFPA 921

Hazardous Materials Awareness level training

 IFSTA Fire Investigator, 2nd Edition

Brady, Prentice Hall, Kirk’s Fire Investigation, 6th Edition

Jones and Bartlett, Brannigan’s Building Construction for the Fire Service, 4th Edition

Must be 18 years of age

CURRENCY REQUIREMENTS

Current IAAI or NAFI
Washington State Fire Investigator IFSAC certification

Documentation of meeting current NFPA standards; or

Active as a fire investigator; and

Documentation of 80-hours continuing education in current applicable NFPA standards within 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

Public Fire and Life Safety Educator I None None NFPA 1035 IFSTA Public Fire and Life Safety Educator, 3rd Edition Must be 18 years of age
Airport Firefighter Hazardous Materials Awareness

Hazardous Materials Operations
Firefighter I

Firefighter II

None NFPA 1003 IFSTA Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, 6th Edition Must be 18 years of age
Driver Operator/ Pumper Hazardous Materials Awareness

Hazardous Materials Operations

Evidence of having completed of the following courses:

EVIP (Emergency Vehicle Incident Prevention)

IAPD (International Academy of Professional Driving)

VFIS (Volunteer Fireman’s Insurance Services)

None NFPA 1002 IFSTA Pumping and Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, 3rd Edition Must be 18 years of age

Hazardous Materials Training

Available Courses:
• Chemistry for Emergency Response
• Hazmat IQ/Above the Line/Below the Line
• Hazardous Materials Awareness
• Hazardous Materials On-Scene Incident Command
• Hazardous Materials Operations
• Hazardous Materials Technician
• Hazmat Safety Officer

There is no cost to attend any of these classes. Meals and lodging at the WSP Shelton Academy and WSP Fire Training Academy will be paid for as part of these programs. At all other locations where classes are held, meals and lodging will be the responsibility of the student.

Training Prerequisites: A minimum of Hazardous Materials Operations is required for attendance to the On-Scene Incident Command, the Train-the-Trainer Awareness & Operations, and the Technician courses.

For course content or registration information, contact Deputy State Fire Marshal Scott Lancaster.

Report a Fire Fatality

RCW 43.44.060 requires any death resulting from fire to be reported to the Office of the State Fire Marshal within two business days. A short form has been developed to assist agencies in providing this important statistical information.

You may submit the information by phone or in writing on the Fire Fatality Report Form provided below.

Fire Fatality Report Form

• By Phone – (360) 596-3929 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays)
• By FAX – (360) 596-3934 (completed form)
• By Email – Lysandra.Davis@wsp.wa.gov (completed form)

Report a Fireworks-Related Incident

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is asking for your participation in collecting detailed information on fireworks-related injuries and fires. A study of fireworks-related incidents will provide information needed to increase consumer awareness and influence industry regulations and legislative actions.

• Fireworks Fire Reporting Template

Fireworks Injury Reporting Template

State Legal Consumer Fireworks List