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 95,000 certifications at various levels to more than 36,000 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 entities internationally.
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, Incident Safety Officer, Fire Inspector I and II, Fire Investigator, Fire Service Instructor I and II, Live Fire Instructor, Driver Operator, Technical Rescuer and Hazardous Materials Awareness, Operations and Technician.
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 qualified division training.
The division offers POST continuing education units (CEUs) for officers attending the Fire Cause Determination and Fire Investigator courses.
Fire Safety Funded Training
Since 1986, the Division of Fire Safety has had the responsibility for enforcing RSMO 320.094 which provides funds for cost-free training to fire fighters and first responders in the State of Missouri. The Division is appropriated general revenue funds and fees collected from fireworks manufacturers, distributors and retailers to provide statewide contracted training courses. The approved courses must meet specific criteria and be offered at no cost to responders across the state. Each fiscal year the Missouri Fire Safety Education/Advisory Commission meets and assists the Division in reviewing the proposed list of courses for content, currency and need regionally in the state. Departments and regional groups contact the division with requests for delivery of approved training courses. For the best chance for approval, consider submitting a regional or multi-department request. This allows funds to be allocated in the best way possible.
To request training courses for this fiscal year, contact Deputy Chief, Greg Landwehr at (573) 522-1625 or email at Training@dfs.dps.mo.gov if you have questions.