Develop and implement national standards for training, qualifications, and certification (including regular recertification) that are equally applicable to all firefighters based on the duties they are expected to perform.
A great deal of training and education occurs in the fire service on a daily basis throughout the United States. How fire departments and training agencies measure, compare, and quantify this training is important to the profession and the safety of the individuals providing the service. If the training is accomplished in accordance with national standards, and the results are certified by an independent body or organization, then the system has substantial credibility. There must be a system to ensure this and provide standards that are recognized as being professional in terms of safety, competency, and responsibility.
It is very disturbing that between 2005 and 2013, an average of 10.5 firefighters a year died in training-related incidents. Reported training-related injuries totaled more than 7,400 in 2012. Given those statistics, it’s no surprise the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) identifies firefighter recruits, firefighters participating in training and firefighters conducting training as especially vulnerable to death and injury. Fire Service training programs that have been designed and conducted in concert with the appropriate NFPA Professional Qualification Standards will reduce these needless deaths and injuries. The 5th Initiative of the Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives is an attempt to tie training to a reduction in firefighter injuries and line-of-duty fatalities.
Initiative 5 Resources
- High School Fire and EMS Programs and Academies: Opportunities and Challenges
- Fire Service Training Techniques – Instructor Guide (MS Word)
- 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Job Aid
Initiative 5 Research
- Home Fire Inspections
- Fire Ground Specific Training
- Fire Department Reintroduces Junior Firefighter Program
- New Course Helps EMS Providers Avoid HIPAA Enforcement Actions
- Budget Plan To Ax Firefighter Training Program
Latest Initiative 5 News
- Attributes of Leading Train-the-Trainer to Be Held at Firehouse World – Using the newly produced National Fallen Firefighters Foundation video series “Attributes of Leading,” Kevin Conant and Brian Crandall will offer an a new course during Firehouse World 2018.
- Fire Hero Learning Network Launches New Emergency Services Certificate Program – The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has debuted a new tool in its mission to prevent firefighter deaths and injuries. The Foundation’s Fire Hero Learning Network (FHLN) now offers an Emergency Services Risk Reduction Program Certificate. FHLN and the ESRRP Certificate are free. The ESRRP Certificate is earned by completing four required online programs.
- Strategic Vision Helps Ensure Firefighter Safety and Enhance Service – To help fire departments around the nation adopt the 16 initiatives, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has created a new handbook, The Strategic Vision Guide: An Action Plan Using the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives.
- Fire Hero Learning Network Now Has 60,000 Users – Fire Hero Learning Network has reached 60,000 users! Are you registered? Sign-up today on the official online learning network of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, part of the Everyone Goes Home® effort.
- FDSOA and Firehouse to Partner on Series of ISO Academies – Improving firefighter safety was the driving force that brought the FDSOA and Firehouse together to work to increase the number of trained, certified fire department incident safety officers.
- Fire Dynamics Boot Camp – The course is designed to empower and prepare fire service leaders and instructors to incorporate the most current research findings about fire behavior and firefighting tactics into their training programs.
- 50,000 Registered Users on FireHeroLearningNetwork.com! – Find out what 50,000 of your fire service colleagues already know – The Firehero Learning Network is THE place for free, online, up-to-date training and information.
- FDSOA Certifies Phoenix as Regional Training Center – During its annual Safety Forum in Scottsdale, Ariz., last month, the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) announced the Phoenix Fire Department is an Official Regional Training and Certification Center for Incident Safety Officers within the Phoenix Regional Automatic Aid System.
- NFFF New Goals Campaign: Training – Everyone must practice the skills until the muscle memory won’t let you get it wrong. By drilling regularly on a variety of scenarios, everyone on the crew will be confident in their abilities to successfully perform basic skills, such as forcible entry, air management and hoseline deployment.
- Ohio Fire Academy and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Continue Partnership to Educate Firefighters – Through the agreement, NFFF will help the Ohio Fire Academy (OFA) deliver several classes including Courage to Be Safe®, Leadership, Accountability, Culture, Knowledge (LACK) and Leadership So Everyone Goes Home.