Firefighter Training and Certification
The Division of Fire Safety’s Training and Certification Unit develops, provides and oversees the training curriculum used regionally for firefighters, fire investigators, fire inspectors, fire officers, fire service instructors, as well as emergency responders dealing with hazardous materials. Although certification is not mandatory in the state of Missouri, the Division of Fire Safety has issued more than 71,000 certifications at various levels to more than 28,000 individuals.
In April 1996, the division received accreditation for our certification programs from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). IFSAC is a peer-driven, self-governing system of both fire service certification programs and higher education degree programs. Accreditation is accomplished through the review of certification programs of member entities to ensure they meet nationally recognized professional qualification standards in their administration of skills and knowledge exams. Because of this accreditation, Missouri shares certification reciprocity with many states and countries, as well as the U.S. Department of Defense and the Canadian Armed Forces.
Testing and Course Calendar
In October 2011, the division received accreditation for our certification programs from the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board). Pro Board was organized to establish an internationally recognized means of acknowledging professional achievement in the fire service and related fields. Pro Board’s primary goal is to accredit organizations that certify uniform members of public fire departments, both career and volunteer. However, other organizations with fire protection interests may also be considered for participation. Accreditation is provided at the state level to the empowered certifying authority of that jurisdiction.
Currently, the Division of Fire Safety is accredited at the levels of Fire Fighter I and II, Fire Officer I and II, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Service Instructor I and II, and Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations from IFSAC and Pro Board.
The Division of Fire Safety is an approved provider of law enforcement training as recognized by the Missouri Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST). This status allows law enforcement officers to receive continuing education credits when attending division training.
The division offers POST continuing education units (CEUs) for officers attending the Fire Cause Determination, Fire Investigator, Bomb Threat Management, Clandestine Drug Lab, and Hazardous Materials classes.
Fire Safety Funded Training
The Missouri Division of Fire Safety issues contracts to selected training vendors and training partners to deliver fire safety funded training to Missouri’s fire service and first responders. The Missouri Division of Fire Safety is appropriated state general revenue funds and fees collected from fireworks manufacturers, distributors and retailers to provide statewide contracted training. All contracted courses must meet specific criteria for delivery as set forth by the Missouri Fire Safety Education/Advisory Commission and are available to all firefighters in the state at no cost. The Missouri Fire Safety Education/Advisory Commission awards contracts after an extensive review of all proposals and presentations from each training entity. Members of the fire service should contact the vendors directly for information regarding course delivery. Contact Kim Becker or Sherry Hoelscher at (573) 751-2930 if you have questions specific to the Division of Fire Safety. For a complete list of contracted vendors visit http://dfs.dps.mo.gov/programs/training/contract-awarded.asp.