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Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF)


ARFF Training PhotoThe Washington State Fire Training Academy offers a unique training location for aircraft rescue firefighting and is the 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 medium.

The ARFF facility meets all of the requirements for providing FAA airport A– BC- DE certification.  In addition, the program meets the “Canadian Aviation Regulation 323.14”.

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Cooperative Courses


Most cooperative classes are scheduled on the weekends. Class rosters must be received by the Fire Training Academy no later than five working days prior to the start of the class if certificates of completion are needed on class day. The maximum size of the class is limited to 25 unless authorized by the Fire Training Academy. All excess students will be billed for.

Participating departments must provide a minimum of one instructor for each five students. Co-Op instructors must have successfully completed the class as a student, attended a Train-the-Trainer program for the course being taught, and participated as an instructor within the last 12 months at the Fire Training Academy.

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    • The department is responsible for providing at least one individual to act as an instructor support person to fill air bottles. This person must be trained by the Fire Training Academy maintenance staff and cannot be a course participant. If it is impossible for you to provide a support person, please let the Fire Training Academy know in advance and we will arrange for a support person at an additional fee, which will be added to your course cost.

      Each department sending participants is responsible to make sure that air bottles are within current hydrostatic testing standards and that all protective equipment meets current NFPA standards set forth in WAC 296-305. All co-op classes are responsible for cleaning up the classroom and the drill grounds after their class. This includes policing the area for garbage, putting equipment away, tagging broken items, etc.

  • Cancellations
    • The Fire Training Academy must be notified in writing five (5) working days prior to the scheduled start date of the course or the full student fee will be assessed.

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Fire Service Training Courses


The Fire Training Academy provides fire service training courses for fire department fire fighting and also facilitates various cooperative courses available to fire department trainers.

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    • Students attending Academy classes with fire applications are required to have met all training requirements for live fire training listed in NFPA Standard 1403. All students and instructors shall have full protective clothing, safety equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus that meet NFPA standards. SCBA air cylinders must have a current hydrostatic test date.

  • Registration Information
    • Payment must be included with submission of the registration form. If no check is attached to application, applicant will be considered department sponsored. If no department is listed on application and no check is included, applicant will not be registered. You may either mail or fax the registration form ( fax number is on the form) to the Fire Training Academy.

  • Cancellations
    • The Fire Training Academy must be notified in writing five (5) working days prior to the scheduled start date of the course or the full student fee will be assessed.

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Fire Department Fire Fighting Courses & Schedules

  • Fire Control 1 (BTL)
    • This 8-hour program introduces new firefighters to fire development theory as well as water application principals in order to effectively extinguish interior “Class A” fires. It is a program, which provides firefighters with the skills necessary to function as the nozzle operator of an interior fire attack team. Firefighters will work in a variety of fire situations utilizing direct, indirect and combination water application techniques. This curriculum meets WAC 296-305-05501 (2), and NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I performance requirements.

      » Fire Control 1 Course & ScheduleAdobe PDF document

  • Flammable Liquids 1 (PFE) – FLC-001
    • This 8-hour course will supplement a firefighter's knowledge of basic hose handling, firefighting equipment, portable extinguishers and extinguishing agents. It introduces the attacks and procedures required to safely control and extinguish flammable fuel fires, covering properties, and behavior of flammable liquids in bulk, fire extinguishing agents, safety, tactics, communications, and environmental concerns. The six hour application session includes fireground experience on selected props. Students will participate in field exercises utilizing specially designed mockups of automobiles burning at a street curb and portable extinguisher props. This curriculum meets WAC 296-305-05501 (2), and NFPA 1403 performance requirements for Firefighter II level certification

      » Flammable Liquids 1 Course & ScheduleAdobe PDF document

  • Flammable Liquids 2 (Foam) – FLC-002
    • This 8-hour program will provide the students the basic properties of fire fighting foam and the application methods used to control and combat class B liquid fires. The students will also participate in controlling live fires on several simulated flammable liquid props.

      » Flammable Liquids 2 Course & ScheduleAdobe PDF document

  • Flammable Liquids 3 (LPG) – FLC-003
    • During this 8-hour program the students will be taught the basic properties of liquefied petroleum gasses, L.P.G. powered vehicle fuel systems, storage tanks and the safety features built into them, detecting leaks, product identification and basic tactics for L.P.G. emergencies. The students will also participate in controlling live fires on a simulated storage tank; and a L.P.G. fill station.

      » Flammable Liquids 3 Course & ScheduleAdobe PDF document

  • Search and Rescue 1 – SRC-001
    • This 8-hour course provides the basic skills needed for a firefighter to function efficiently during interior search and rescue missions using self contained breathing apparatus. The class emphasizes the basic functions of a search team in locating and removing victims. It will cover techniques on how to perform a primary and secondary search in occupancies as well as emergency procedures firefighters must initiate should they become separated from the search team or become disoriented.

      » Search and Rescue 1 Course & ScheduleAdobe PDF document

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Hazardous Materials Training


Hazardous Materials TraininigThe Hazardous Materials Training Unit provides hazardous materials training to first responders throughout the state of Washington. As described in RCW 70.136.030, the Washington State Patrol is designated as the Incident Command Agency in any hazardous materials incident on or along any state route or interstate freeway corridors, as well as within any jurisdiction that has not designated an incident command agency. The Washington State Patrol is also directed by RCW 70.136.035 to provide assistance at the scene of hazardous materials incidents where a separate agency is designated as the incident command agency.

Hazardous Materials Awareness, Operations, Technician, Chemistry, and On-Scene Incident Command training is funded by a federal grant from the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) program.

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The HazMat section compiles lists of links to resources you might find helpful or informational. For previous digests, contact Deputy State Fire Marshal Ron Bowen at Ron.Bowen@wsp.wa.gov.

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  • Registration Fees, Meals & Lodging
    • There is no cost to attend any of these classes. Meals and lodging at the WSP and 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.

  • HazMat Contact Information
    • For course content or registration information, contact Deputy State Fire Marshal Ron Bowen at (360) 596-3923, or by email at Ron.Bowen@wsp.wa.gov.
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Marine Fire Fighting Courses


Marine Firefighting CourseThe Washington State Fire Training Academy in North Bend, Washington, provides an STCW Marine Firefighting course.

The marine firefighting mockup is designed as a mixture of a steam engine room and diesel room. It is intended to provide training for bilge fire, fuel line failure fires, boiler fires, fuel tank overflow fires, and engine room access procedures.

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  • Course Fees
    • Payment in the form of a check or money order must accompany your registration form. Payment by purchase order or invoice is also accepted for organizations and companies. Checks should be made payable to Washington State Patrol and mailed with a completed Registration Form to the Fire Training Academy.

  • Cancellations
    • A full refund will be provided if the Fire Training Academy receives a written request for cancellation at least five working days prior to the scheduled start day.

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    • In compliance with NMC Policy Letter 11-02, July 2002, each school is required to verify the identity of its students by one of the following forms of photo identification:

      ♦ U.S. Coast Guard issued Merchant Mariner Document (MMD)
      ♦ U.S. Coast Guard issued STCW 95 certificate (with photograph)
      ♦ STCW 95 certificate (with photograph) issued by a foreign country
      ♦ U.S. Passport (unexpired or expired)
      ♦ Unexpired foreign passport
      ♦ United States Armed Forces identification card
      ♦ Identification card issued by federal, state, or local government agencies, provided it contains a photograph
      ♦ Driver's license or identification card issued by a state or U.S. possession, provided it contains a photograph
      ♦ Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt with photograph (INS Form I-151 or I-551)
      ♦ Unexpired Employment Authorization Document issued by the INS which contains a photograph (INS Form I688B)

      A photo static copy of the identification shall be made and kept with the student's training record. Students who refuse or are unable to provide the required identification, as described above, will not be allowed to participate in the training nor be issued a course completion certificate.

U.S. Coast Guard Approved - STCW Marine Fire Fighting Courses & Schedule

  • Marine Fire Fighting Course ScheduleAdobe PDF document
  • Basic Marine Firefighting - MFC-013
    • This 17.5-hour course aims to provide the training for candidates in fire prevention and fire fighting in accordance with the 1995 STCW Convention Chapter VI, Section A-VI/1, paragraph 2 and Table A-VI/1-2. On meeting the minimum standard of competence in fire prevention and fire fighting, a trainee will be competent to take appropriate measures for the safety of personnel and of the ship and to use fire appliances correctly. The trainee will also have knowledge of fire prevention.

  • Advanced Marine Firefighting - MFC-014
    • 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).

      Prerequisite: Certification of Completion from a qualified "Basic Marine Firefighting Course"

  • Combined Basic & Advanced Marine Firefighting
    • This 49.5 hour course is designed to meet the needs of those students desiring to obtain certificates of completion for both the Basic and Advanced Marine Firefighting.

Additional Private Marine Fire Fighting Courses

  • Self Contained Breathing Apparatus - MFC-005
    • This 4-hour course deals with types of self contained breathing apparatus, donning, doffing, maintenance, and care of the unit. This course does not meet NFPA standards and is only intended as an introduction. No prequisites.

  • Live Fire Team Training - MFC-008
    • This 8-hour course provides the opportunity for emergency response teams to combat live class (A) alpha and or class (B) bravo fires. It is recommended that personnel attending this course be members of an organized emergency response team. All personnel attending will be rotated through the assorted positions on a fire party during the training day. Instructors will observe and critique the actions of the team at the end of each drill sequence. No prequisites.

  • Industrial Fire Brigades - IFC-003
    • This 24-hour course conducted over three days is specifically designed to meet the NFPA standards for industrial fire brigades. It provides step-by-step instructions for the prevention or control of fires and emergencies in the industrial work environment. This course is outlined to produce a competent individual who can function as a trained member of an industrial brigade emergency response organization. It teaches the same Firefighter 1 methodology employed by municipal fire departments and assumes participation in a tiered system.

      The program offers instruction in fire safety, fire science behavior, response of fire brigades, mutual aid, capabilities, and limitations of extinguishing agents and equipment, hazard control, restoration of operations, self contained breathing apparatus, and search and rescue procedures. Practical applications of classroom principals are taught in several challenging fire ground applications. No prequisites.

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Open Enrollment Courses


To check for other available training dates, contact Howard Scartozzi, Bob Jones, or Michael Aboe at the Fire Training Academy.

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Washington State Fire Training Academy Courses


Fire Training Academy RecruitsThe Washington State Fire Training Academy (FTA) in North Bend, Washington, provides Washington State accredited training courses. These training courses have been reviewed and approved by the Washington State Patrol Fire Marshal’s Office. Course schedule and registration information is provided below.

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Fire Training Academy Courses, Schedules & Tuition

  • Recruit Academy Tuition & ScheduleAdobe PDF document
  • Firefighter 1 (FRS-101)
    Firefighter 1 & 2 (FRS-102)
    • The first 10-weeks of this program 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 the fire departments as entry-level.  Knowledge obtained from classroom instruction is transferred to fire-ground application during 140 hours of live fire training.  This course meets all requirements for Firefighter 1 and Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations levels based on NFPA Standard 1001, “Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications”, 2008 edition and NFPA 472, “Hazardous Materials for First Responders”, 2008 edition.

      Personnel desiring to attain the advanced level of Fire Fighter 2 can opt for an additional two weeks of training immediately following the basic Firefighter 1 Program.  The 12-week course meets all the requirements for Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations certification.

      Those individuals not opting to complete the final two weeks of the 12-week program will be required to attend the regular 80-hour Firefighter 2 course, when required.

      These courses are credited through the Washington State certification process and recruits shall receive a certificate with IFSAC seal from the Fire Protection Bureau upon successful demonstration of skills through an evaluation process.

      For information on the 2013 schedule and course requirements please read:

      » Firefighter 1 & 2 Course AnnouncementAdobe PDF document
      » Firefighter 1 - Skill SheetsAdobe PDF document
      » Firefighter 2 - Skill SheetsAdobe PDF document
      » Hazardous Materials Operations Skill SheetsAdobe PDF document

  • Firefighter 2 (FRS-102)
    • The purpose of this 80-hour program is to identify emergency service personnel whom demonstrate competency in the performance requirements necessary to perform the duties of a firefighter beyond the Fire Fighter 1 level.  Firefighters will receive training in IMS, fire inspection principles, company level fire investigations, incident reporting, live fire control, technical rescue and auto extrication based on the NFPA Standard 1001, “Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications”, 2008 edition.

      This course is accredited through the Washington State certification process and recruits shall receive a certificate with IFSAC seal from the Fire Protection Bureau upon successful demonstration of skills through an evaluation process.

      For information on the 2013 schedule and course requirements please read:

      » Firefighter 2 Course AnnouncementAdobe PDF document
      » Firefighter 2 - Skill SheetsAdobe PDF document

  • Basic Firefighter 1 (BFF-102)
    • This 256-hour 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 Fire Fighter 1 and Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations level and are unable to attend the twelve 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 is accredited through the Washington State certification process and recruits shall receive a certificate with IFSAC seal from the Fire Protection Bureau upon successful demonstration of skills through an evaluation process.

      For information on the 2013 schedule and course requirements please read:

      » Basic Firefighter Course AnnouncementAdobe PDF document
      » Firefighter 1 - Skill SheetsAdobe PDF document
      » Hazardous Materials Operations Skill SheetsAdobe PDF document

  • Fire Inspector 1 (FIC-001)
    • This 72-hour program provides students with the concepts of fire inspections. The course includes inspector Duties and Authority, Standards, Codes and Permits, Fire Behavior, Building Construction, Means of Egress, Water Supply Systems, Fire Suppression Systems, Fire Detection and Alarm Systems, Fire Hazard Recognition, Site Access, hazardous Materials, Plans Review and Field Verifications and Inspection Procedures.

      This course meets the competency standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1031, “Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fore Inspector and Plan Examiner”, 2009 edition.

      This course is accredited through the Washington State certification process and recruits shall receive a certificate with IFSAC seal from the Fire Protection Bureau upon successful demonstration of skills through an evaluation process.

      For information on the 2013 schedule and course requirements please read:

      » Inspector 1 AnnouncementAdobe PDF document
      » Inspector 1 Skill SheetsAdobe PDF document

  • Fire Instructor 1 (INR-101)
    • This 24-hour course prepares fire service personnel to deliver instruction from a prepared lesson plan.  Additional areas of responsibility will include assembling course materials, using instructional aides and evaluation tools, reviewing and adapting lesson plans to meet the needs of individual students or groups, organizing the teaching environment and providing a safe learning environment.  The class will also cover the methods used to prepare and maintain training records in accordance with requirements and local standards.

      This course meets the competency standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1041 Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, Instructor 1.

      This course is accredited through the Washington State certification process and recruits shall receive a certificate with IFSAC seal from the Fire Protection Bureau upon successful demonstration of skills through an evaluation process.

      For information on the 2013 schedule and course requirements please read:

      » Fire Instructor 1 AnnouncementAdobe PDF document
      » Fire Instructor 1 Skill SheetsAdobe PDF document

  • Fire Instructor 2 (INR-102)
    • This 24-hour program 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 and evaluation instruments.

      This course meets the competency standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1041 Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, Instructor 2.

      This course is accredited through the Washington State certification process and recruits shall receive a certificate with IFSAC seal from the Fire Protection Bureau upon successful demonstration of skills through an evaluation process.

      For information on the 2013 schedule and course requirements please read:

      » Fire Instructor 2 Course AnnouncementAdobe PDF document
      » Fire Instructor 2 Skill SheetsAdobe PDF document

  • Fire Officer 1 (FOC-001)
    • This 40-hour program focuses on reviewing reference materials to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021 Standard Fire Officer Qualifications, 2003 Edition.  Course materials will cover ways to effectively manage human resources; community/public relations; fire department organizations and administration, including budgets, reports, and planning; fire inspection, investigation, and public education, emergency operations and safety.

      This course is accredited through the Washington State certification process and recruits shall receive a certificate with IFSAC seal from the Fire Protection Bureau upon successful demonstration of skills through an evaluation process.

      For more information on the 2013 schedule and course requirements please read:

      » Fire Officer 1 Course AnnouncementAdobe PDF document
      » Fire Officer 1 Skill SheetsAdobe PDF document

  • Fire Officer 2 (FOC-002)
    • This 40-hour program focuses on reviewing reference materials needed to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021 Standard Fire Officer Qualifications, 2003 Edition.  Course materials will cover human resource management, managing affirmative action, government agencies, supervisor and subordinate interactions, the budgetary process, information management systems, health and safety, fire safety inspection, public fire education, specialized fire protection equipment, organizational communications, strategic planning and tactics.

      This course is accredited through the Washington State certification process and recruits shall receive a certificate with IFSAC seal from the Fire Protection Bureau upon successful demonstration of skills through an evaluation process.

      For more information on the 2013 schedule and course requirements please read:

      » Fire Officer 2 Course AnnouncementAdobe PDF document
      » Fire Officer 2 Skill SheetsAdobe PDF document

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