The International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Fighter One certification is better known as Firefighter I certification in the realm of firefighting. The IFSAC is a respected organization that accredits public fire service and higher education degree programs. Achieving Firefighter I certification through an IFSAC accredited training facility may be required in some states for employment, but if not, attending an accredited schools lends credibility to graduates seeking firefighting positions.
About the IFSAC
The IFSAC is an independent agency that certifies fire-related programs. The IFSAC does not certify fire departments or individuals but the programs that train individuals in the minimum qualifications to meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. Some training programs advertise they are IFSAC accredited, but the association clearly warns that only those listed on its website are recognized by the IFSAC.
About Firefighter I Certification
The National Fire Protection Association sets the standards for the minimum professional qualifications needed to become a certified Firefighter I. All firefighter training facilities must comply with these standards, and they are used to design their programs. Firefighter I certification consists of training in safety, fire alarms and communications, fire science, personal protective equipment, ventilation and firefighting apparatus such as ladders, ropes, fire hoses and more.
Getting IFSAC Certified
To become IFSAC certified for Firefighter I, trainees must attend an IFSAC accredited school or be trained by an accredited fire department. It is important to note that Firefighter I certification can be achieved through any state-approved training program such as those offered at community colleges or fire colleges. Individual states regulate firefighter certifications through their state fire bureaus or the state fire marshall’s office. People who want to become firefighters do not necessarily have to become IFSAC certified unless specified by the state in which employment is sought.
IFSAC Accredited Schools
The IFSAC maintains a list of accredited training facilities--both fire departments and colleges or universities. To achieve accreditation, schools must show that course offerings, support and faculty all adhere to the standards set forth by the IFSAC. Some states do not have IFSAC-accredited training facilities, while other states only have fire departments that are accredited.
Benefits of IFSAC FFI Certification
When a state or fire department requires IFSAC Firefighter I certification for employment, it is necessary to gain employment. Not all states require IFSAC Firefighter I certification, however. In that case, students who attend IFSAC accredited schools have an extra assurance that they are receiving quality instruction that meets or exceeds national standards. In some cases in which firefighters relocate to a different state, being IFSAC Firefighter I certified can aid in the hiring process. Some fire departments will waive state certification requirements if a candidate has an IFSAC Firefighter I certification.