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    40th Agency Accredited

On February 17 and 18, 2005, Larry Preston and Tom Peal conducted a site visit of the Oklahoma Fire Service Training (OFST) at Oklahoma State University.  Their subsequent report to the COA was very favorable and their recommendation to accredit OFST was approved unanimously by the COA at their February 23 teleconference meeting. The Accreditation of OFST marks a milestone for the Pro Board.  

Oklahoma Fire Service Training is the 40th accredited agency.

In recent years, the Pro Board has seen an increase in the number of agencies seeking accreditation. In addition, the number of NFPA ProQual standards, and levels within those standards, has increased significantly. The impact of this more diverse library of standards for which certifications are being offered, and the increase in accredited agencies that train, test, and certify has been significant. More fire service professionals have available to them, and are taking advantage of, the benefits of being measured against a national standard for their specific discipline in the fire service. 

Congratulations to OFST for its accreditation.  Congratulations, and thank you, to all of the accredited agencies for continuing to move forward and challenge the fire service to set and attain professional goals through certification.

Pending New Accreditations:

In addition to the recent accreditation of Oklahoma Fire Service Training the COA has had inquiries and forwarded applications to the following:

  • New Jersey Division of Fire Safety
  • State of Nevada
  • Wyoming Department of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • State of Maine

The COA has also been working closely with the Commonwealth Ports Authority, Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Department of Saipan to facilitate their request to change status from a delegated authority to a fully accredited agency.

Pending Reaccreditations:

The following accredited agencies are scheduled for their five-year re-accreditations:

  • Fort Monmouth Fire & Emergency Services
  • Montana Fire Service Academy
  • Texas - ESTI
  • Rhode Island Fire Academy
  • Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute

Extensions of Accreditations:

The following accredited agencies were granted extensions to certify to the standards and levels listed:

Vermont Fire Service Training Council 

  • NFPA 472 HazMat Operations

  • NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I & II

  • NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor I

International Code Council

  • NFPA 1031 Fire Plans Examiner I & II

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