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Certification and Training - NC Fire Fighter Certification

The North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission approved in July 2013, changes that are associated with the recent release of the NFPA 1001 Firefighter Standard, 2013 edition.

The Firefighter 1 and 2 program will become one certification. In anticipation of these changes the Commission approved the following:

  1. Stop conducting individual Firefighter Level 1 classes after December 31, 2013.
  2. Stop conducting individual Firefighter Level 2 classes after December 31, 2014.
  3. Firefighter Level 1 and 2 combo classes should be conducted instead of individual Level 1 or Level 2 classes immediately when possible.

The goal is to allow students who started out taking individual classes time to complete them individually if possible. The student still has the option to take the combo classes to complete certification.

Firefighter Certification Courses - NFPA 1001 2013 edition

Course ID Course Title Recommended Hours
FIP-3001 Orientation & Safety 16
FIP-3003 Alarms & Communications 16
FIP-3004 Fire Behavior 12
FIP-3005 Portable Extinguishers 8
FIP-3006 Personal Protective Equipment 20
FIP-3007 Forcible Entry 12
FIP-3008 Ventilation 20
FIP-3009 Ropes 12
FIP-3010 Ladders 16
FIP-3011 Fire Hose, Streams, and Appliances 20
FIP-3012 Foam Fire Streams 8
FIP-3013 Fire Control 36
FIP-3014 Loss Control 16
FIP-3016 Emergency Medical Care 12
FIP-3017 Rescue 20
FIP-3018 Water Supplies 20
FIP-3019 Sprinklers 16
FIP-3021 Fire & Life Safety Preparedness 12
FIP-3022 Building Construction 16
FIP-3024 Health & Wellness 8
FIP-3025 Safety & Survival 16
FIP-3026 Mayday 8
  • Emergency Medical Care credit will only be given for OEMS credentialed programs or by taking the Emergency Medical Care Class. Note: Local 1st Responder programs will not be honored.
  • Firefighter certification credit from degree programs like Sprinklers, Building Construction and Fire Prevention, etc. will no longer be granted.
  • Salvage & Overhaul have been combined into one class titled "Loss Control"
    • If a student has had Level 1 Salvage, Overhaul Level 1 and 2 they will get credit for Loss Control. They must have all three classes to receive the credit.
  • Three new classes have been added: Health & Wellness, Calling the Mayday, & Self Survival
  • Individuals who have had the following individual RIT classes will receive the following credit:
    • FIP 6401 Firefighter Survival will receive credit for FIP 3025 Self Survival Class
    • FIP 6402 Mayday will receive credit for FIP 3026 Calling the Mayday Class
  • The Fire Prevention, Education and Cause Class has been changed to Fire and Life Safety Preparedness. If an individual has had Fire Prevention, Education and Cause Level 2 they will receive credit for Fire and Life Safety Preparedness Class. Fire Prevention, Education and Cause Level 1 will not give credit towards the Fire and Life Safety Preparedness Class.
  • Upon completion of the Firefighter Certification Program two certificates will be issued; a Firefighter Level 1 certificate and a Firefighter Level 2 certificate.
  • References include: J&B Fundamentals of Firefighter Skills, 3rd Edition and/or IFSTA 6th Edition Essentials of Firefighting.

Simulation Defined

Overview
The intent of the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission and Certification Board policy on no simulation during certification training was passed and will come into effect January 1, 2015. The following is designed to provide clarification for delivery agencies and concerns they may have in ensuring they are complying with this requirement.
This document will provide a brief overview and explanation to help further clarify this requirement.

Definitions
Cognitive referring to a human's ability to process thoughts that should not deplete on a large scale in healthy individuals. Cognition mainly refers to things like memory, the ability to learn new information, speech, understanding of written material.
Prop device, fixture(s), or equipment used in the absence of an actual device to help facilitate the teaching and testing of a students psychomotor skills.
Psychomotor learning is the relationship between cognitive functions and physical movement. Psychomotor learning is demonstrated by physical skills such as movement, coordination, manipulation, dexterity, grace, strength, speed; actions which demonstrate the fine motor skills such as use of precision instruments or tools, or actions which evidence gross motor skills such as the use of the body in the performance of fire and rescue functions.
Simulation is the imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time.

Requirements
Using the definitions above, it is not acceptable to use a process to test a psychomotor skill in a cognitive domain. Simply, it involves behaviors that fit under the definition of psychomotor skills. Below are examples of acceptable and non-acceptable practices.

Ventilation
Non-acceptable-
Vertical ventilation practical- have a student go to a white board and draw/describe how to cut a vertical ventilation opening.
Acceptable-
Build a prop (using the definition above as a basis) that allows the student to physically cut an opening in a roof.

Self Survival Entanglement-
Non-acceptable-
Instructor asks the student to describe how they would disentangle themselves from an entanglement hazard.
Acceptable-
Build a prop that the student is required enter and will test the student's ability to disentangle themselves from wires, duct, and other hazards.

Foam Fire Streams-
Non-acceptable-
Instructor has the student describe how they would use the various appliances, concentrate, and conditions to apply a foam blanket.
Acceptable-
Instructor uses actual appliances and training foam prop to create an appropriately proportioned foam blanket for the material that is being given to control a fire or vapor suppression.

Fire Control-
Non-acceptable-
Instructor has the student describe how they would advance a hoseline into a basement fire and start extinguishment.
Acceptable-
Using a two story acquired structure, burn building, or prop advance a hoseline from the second floor into the first floor to extinguish a fire.


North Carolina Firefighter Certification

In a continued effort to reduce fire loss in the State of North Carolina, the State Legislature established General Statute 58-78-5.14b, which requires the State Fire and Rescue Commission to establish voluntary minimum professional qualifications for all levels of fire and rescue service personnel.

The standard for Firefighter Certification is considered to be a minimum standard and the Fire & Rescue Commission fully recognizes that, due to differing requirements, many fire departments may set forth standards much higher than these for their personnel. It is the intent, however, that through a voluntary program, personnel who provide firefighting services to the communities of our state, will meet or exceed this standard.

Performance Standard

The NFPA 1001 Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications, Current Edition, will be the performance standard used for Firefighter certification.

Entrance Requirements

The Firefighter candidate must meet the entrance requirements listed below before certification can be issued.

Age / Education Requirements:

The candidate must be at least 18 years of age. Training and course work may be completed in advance, but certification cannot be issued until the candidate’s 18th birthday. Moreover, the candidate must meet the requirements of the standard in place at the time of his/her birthday even though he/she may have been working toward a previous standard.

The candidate must have a high school diploma or equivalent recognized by the State Department of Public Instruction (i.e., GED). This requirement may be waived for an individual who completed certification objectives prior to October 1, 1990.

Physical Recommendations

The candidate should undergo a thorough physical examination prior to any activity to ensure his/her ability to perform the required tasks. This examination should be conducted by a qualified physician or recognized medical practitioner using a recommended medical standard, such as NFPA 1582 Standard for Medical Requirements for Fire Service Personnel, Current Edition. The submission of a medical approval form is not required for certification.

Firefighter Certification Levels I and II

Program Requirements

The instruction and evaluation given a Firefighter who achieves certification is critical to ensuring a quality program. Training and evaluation of students must be accomplished by qualified individuals, working in conjunction with approved delivery agencies.

Student Evaluation

Evaluation of the student for certification is a critical link in the total pr eparedness of the individual. Student evaluations must be accomplished by qualified Level II Instructors serving as proctors. The evaluation itself must be separate and distinct from the training process.

Practical Examination

Practical examinations are intended to measure the manipulative skills of the Firefighter and will follow guidelines set forth under the Policy for Testing manual. Although capable of testing 100% of the practical objectives, the examination will only test a pre-selected percentage based on testing scenarios provided to the proctor. A score of 70% or above shall constitute a passing grade for the candidate.

Written Examination

The written exam measures the cognitive skills of the Firefighter and must follow the guidelines set forth under the Policy for Testing manual. The examination will be randomly generated and provided to the evaluator by the deliver y agency. A score of 70% or above shall constitute a passing grade for the candidate.

Prerequisite Classes:

Haz Mat Level 1 Responder is required to obtain Firefighter 1 and 2 certification.