IFCA Training Officers Division
The mission of the Idaho Fire Chiefs Association, Training Division is to increase the level of public and emergency service provider safety through standardized, accountable, and accessible training and education
July 15, 2014
Fire Chiefs, Training Officers, and Educators of Idaho;
Representatives from the State Fire Marshal Office and Idaho Fire Service Instructors were recently invited to assist Fire Service Technology (FST) and Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC) with IFSAC accreditation and to overhaul their policy manual. This team consisted of a mixture of individuals from career, combination, and volunteer agencies.
Several processes were changed in policy including instructor requirements, how to enter the IFSAC accreditation process, testing procedures, prerequisites, the revitalization of an advisory committee, and all test banks/skill sheets are in the process of being correlated to the 2013/14 NFPA standards. We believe EITC and FST will receive IFSAC accreditation early next year.
FST has a new website where you can find the updated IFSAC skill sheets, exam request forms, training request forms, policy manual, training calendars, and staff contact information. Some of the pages are still under construction. If you have not visited the new FST website, it can be found at www.fst.eitc.edu.
I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to Dean Ellis-FST Program Manager and the rest of the staff for working with Idaho’s Fire Service to provide a quality user friendly product.
Jason E. Blubaum
Training Division President
February 10, 2012
From TO Division President Dave Gates:
First, I would like to say the Fire Service in Idaho took a significant step forward in its relations with EST. If you haven’t already heard at this week’s EST Advisory Committee meeting EST agreed to remove the continuing education component and thus the need to recertify in order to maintain our IFSAC certificates. Yes you read it right there will no longer be a need to recertify, your certifications are now good for life. The following points were what helped moved EST in support of this decision.
1. There are no mandated(legislated) training requirements in the state of Idaho.
2. There is no real over site as it simply took a chief signing a document that their members had conducted the appropriate amount of training.
3. That it placed unnecessary and an unreasonable burden on the fire service and EST.
4. That Idaho was only 1 of 4 that currently had a CE component to maintain certification.
5. This would free up valuable time within EST for other more important functions.
6. Idaho is a poor rural state and should not be leading the nation in training demands.
7. All delegates of the committee unanimously agreed with removing the requirement.
Congratulations!!!! This is a huge win and I would like to personally thank Ann Stephens and Jim Hitch for their support and understanding in this matter.
Lastly, I have a request to move the next training division meeting from its normally scheduled March 2 @ 3pm MST to March 5 @ 3pm MST to accommodate an Officer Development Course taking place up North. This date and time works for me so unless I hear otherwise we will hold the next Training Division Meeting March 5, 2013 @ 3pm MST on Elluminate.
Idaho Emergency Services Training Calendar
Link to IFCA 2011-2013 Strategic Plan:
Message from former TO Division President Gates:
"The Training Division completed its 2011-2013 Strategic Plan on January 20, 2011 in Boise. The divisions plan is in line with the clear guidance and direction received from the IFCA, during their Strategic Planning Meeting the same date. The division identified two clearly defined goals and one long range goal.
Goal 1: Establish a state-wide standardized knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) recommendation for Structural Firefighter, Wildland Firefighter, Driver Operator, Fire Instructor & Company Officer
The intent of goal 1 is to provide to each and every department in Idaho a check list of KSA that they can use to ensure each of their members is capable of performing safely within the scope and responsibility of their assigned positions.
Goal 2: Act as a fire service training subject matter expert in support of Emergency Service Training
The intent of goal 2 is to maintain support for an independent state-wide emergency service training platform while maintaining an active and involved role to guide the service in a direction that is beneficial to all departments across the state.
Goal 3: Recommend legislation and funding for standardized Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSA) for fire service positions necessary for safe operation. Long Range (5-10 years)
The intent of goal 3 is to ensure that all firefighter’s in the state of Idaho receive appropriate and standardized training to maximize their safety during operations as well as facilitate effective interoperability between agencies.
I believe the Division has established several very achievable goals that support the over arching goals of the Division to ensure accessible, standardized and accountable training.
Lastly, I would like to remind all departments and agencies that our strength resides in our unity. Although we may not always have the same issues, problems or solutions we are not so unique not to find common ground. Your participation is paramount to the success of not only this organization but truly to your very own department. In this day of reduced funding and limited resources we must work smarter not hard. We must join our efforts, share our knowledge and work in a concerted effort if we are to survive."
“United we stand, Divided we fall”
Fire Chief David G. Gates, MBA, EFO - Pocatello FD
For further information on the TO Division contact:
Fire Chief Jason Blubaum
President, Training Officers Division
Mica Kidd Island Fire District
6891 W. Kidd Island Road
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814