CHAPTER 251FIRE FIGHTER TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION[Prior to 9/29/04, see 661—Ch 54]661—251.1(100B)  Definitions.  The following definitions apply to rules 661—251.1(100B) to 661—251.204(100B):
"Emergency incident" means any incident involving a fire or other hazardous situation to which personnel of a fire department respond.
"NFPA" means the National Fire Protection Association.
"Structural fire fighting" means fire fighting in a hazardous environment which requires the use of self-contained breathing apparatus.
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Each fire department shall identify its members who are or will be engaged in structural fire fighting and shall ensure that any member engaged in structural fire fighting has completed the training requirements specified in this rule prior to the member’s engaging in structural fire fighting.Note: A fire fighter is not required to be certified to meet this requirement. Training to meet this requirement may be provided by the fire service training bureau, a community college, a regional fire training facility, a local fire department, or any combination thereof.Exception 1: A fire fighter who received training which complied with the job performance requirements for the fire fighter I classification contained in an earlier edition of NFPA 1001 shall be deemed to have met this requirement, provided that records documenting the training are maintained in accordance with rule 661—251.104(100B).Exception 2: The chief or the training officer of any fire department may apply to the state fire marshal by June 1 of any year for an extension of the deadline to meet the training requirement for members of the department engaged in structural fire fighting. Any such extension shall be for one year and may be renewed annually upon application. An extension shall be granted only if the department has requested training required under this rule, with training costs to be offset through funding from the fire fighting training and equipment fund, pursuant to 661—Chapter 259, and funds to offset the cost of the training have not been available or have been inadequate to fully offset the cost of the training. The extension may be for all or some of the fire fighters in the department. The application shall be in a form specified by the state fire marshal and shall list by name each fire fighter for whom an extension is requested. The extension, if granted, shall list by name the fire fighters to whom the extension applies and shall apply only to those listed.Related ARC(s): 9928B, 4641C661—251.102(100B)  Other training.  Any member of a fire department who serves in a capacity other than structural fire fighting at an emergency incident shall have received training based on the duties the member might perform at an emergency incident. Training to meet this requirement may be provided by the fire service training bureau, a community college, a regional fire training facility, or a local fire department, or any combination thereof.Related ARC(s): 9928B661—251.103(100B)  Continuing training.  Fire department members shall participate in at least 24 hours of continuing training annually, which shall be selected from the following subject areas:
  1. Personal protective equipment and respiratory protection.
  2. Structural fire fighting techniques including standard operating policies or standard operating guidelines.
  3. Ground ladders.
  4. Hose and hose appliances.
  5. Ventilation.
  6. Forcible entry.
  7. Search and rescue techniques.
  8. Fire fighter safety.
  9. Incident management system or incident command system.
  10. Emergency vehicle driver-operator.
  11. Hazardous materials first responder—operations level.
  12. Emergency medical service (EMS) training.
  13. Additional training based on standard operating procedures or standard operating guidelines.
  14. Other Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-related training, such as blood-borne pathogen protection.
  15. Specialty training such as confined space entry, vehicle extrication, rescue techniques, wildland or agricultural fire fighting techniques.
  16. Emergency response to terrorism.
  17. Any other training designed to meet local training needs.
Note: Training to meet this requirement may be provided by the fire service training bureau, a community college, a regional fire training facility, or a local fire department, or any combination thereof.
Related ARC(s): 9928B661—251.104(100B)  Record keeping.  Each fire department shall maintain training records for each individual member of the department who participates in emergency incidents. These training records shall identify, for all training completed by the individual fire fighter, the person or persons who provided the training, the dates during which the training was completed, the location or locations where the training was delivered, and a description of the content of the training.661—251.105    Reserved.661—251.106    Reserved.661—251.107    Reserved.661—251.108    Reserved.661—251.109    Reserved.661—251.110    Reserved.661—251.111    Reserved.661—251.112    Reserved.661—251.113    Reserved.661—251.114    Reserved.661—251.115    Reserved.661—251.116    Reserved.661—251.117    Reserved.661—251.118    Reserved.661—251.119    Reserved.661—251.120    Reserved.661—251.121    Reserved.661—251.122    Reserved.661—251.123    Reserved.661—251.124    Reserved.661—251.125    Reserved.661—251.126    Reserved.661—251.127    Reserved.661—251.128    Reserved.661—251.129    Reserved.661—251.130    Reserved.661—251.131    Reserved.661—251.132    Reserved.661—251.133    Reserved.661—251.134    Reserved.661—251.135    Reserved.661—251.136    Reserved.661—251.137    Reserved.661—251.138    Reserved.661—251.139    Reserved.661—251.140    Reserved.661—251.141    Reserved.661—251.142    Reserved.661—251.143    Reserved.661—251.144    Reserved.661—251.145    Reserved.661—251.146    Reserved.661—251.147    Reserved.661—251.148    Reserved.661—251.149    Reserved.661—251.150    Reserved.661—251.151    Reserved.661—251.152    Reserved.661—251.153    Reserved.661—251.154    Reserved.661—251.155    Reserved.661—251.156    Reserved.661—251.157    Reserved.661—251.158    Reserved.661—251.159    Reserved.661—251.160    Reserved.661—251.161    Reserved.661—251.162    Reserved.661—251.163    Reserved.661—251.164    Reserved.661—251.165    Reserved.661—251.166    Reserved.661—251.167    Reserved.661—251.168    Reserved.661—251.169    Reserved.661—251.170    Reserved.661—251.171    Reserved.661—251.172    Reserved.661—251.173    Reserved.661—251.174    Reserved.661—251.175    Reserved.661—251.176    Reserved.661—251.177    Reserved.661—251.178    Reserved.661—251.179    Reserved.661—251.180    Reserved.661—251.181    Reserved.661—251.182    Reserved.661—251.183    Reserved.661—251.184    Reserved.661—251.185    Reserved.661—251.186    Reserved.661—251.187    Reserved.661—251.188    Reserved.661—251.189    Reserved.661—251.190    Reserved.661—251.191    Reserved.661—251.192    Reserved.661—251.193    Reserved.661—251.194    Reserved.661—251.195    Reserved.661—251.196    Reserved.661—251.197    Reserved.661—251.198    Reserved.661—251.199    Reserved.661—251.200    Reserved.FIRE FIGHTER CERTIFICATION661—251.201(100B)  Fire fighter certification and accreditation program.  There is established within the fire service training bureau of the state fire marshal division a fire fighter certification program for the state of Iowa, which shall be known as the certification and accreditation program. The certification and accreditation program is accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (PROBOARD) and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) to certify fire service personnel to accepted national standards. All certifications issued by the certification and accreditation program shall be based upon nationally accepted standards.Note 1: Participation in the certification and accreditation program is voluntary, and state law does not require certification to work or volunteer as a fire fighter in Iowa. However, some fire departments within the state require certification for continued employment or promotion. Inquiries regarding such requirements should be directed to the hiring or employing department.Note 2: Inquiries and requests regarding the certification and accreditation program should be directed to the fire service training bureau.  251.201(1)    Eligibility.  Any person seeking certification through the certification and accreditation program shall be a current member of a fire, emergency, or rescue organization within the state of Iowa and shall be at least 18 years of age.Exception: Persons not meeting the requirement of membership in a fire, emergency, or rescue organization may be granted exceptions to this requirement on an individual basis. Individuals seeking such exceptions shall address these requests to the fire service training bureau.  251.201(2)    Application.  Application forms for each level of fire fighter certification may be obtained from the fire service training bureau. In order to enter the certification and accreditation program, an applicant shall submit a completed application, accompanied by the required fee, to the fire service training bureau. The fee must accompany the application form, although a purchase order from a public agency or private organization may be accepted in lieu of prior payment. The application and fee shall be submitted no less than two weeks prior to the date of any examination in which the applicant wishes to participate.Related ARC(s): 9928B, 4641C661—251.202(100B)  Certification standards.  Standards for the certification and accreditation program are based upon nationally recognized standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Certification at each level in the Iowa fire service certification system results in national certification.  251.202(1)    Fire fighter.    a.    Fire fighter I.  Certification as a fire fighter I is based upon the requirements for fire fighter I certification established in NFPA 1001, “Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications,” current edition adopted by the fire service training bureau.  b.    Fire fighter II.  Certification as a fire fighter II is based upon the requirements for fire fighter II certification established in NFPA 1001, “Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications,” current edition adopted by the fire service training bureau.  251.202(2)    Driver/operator.    a.    Driver/operator (pumper).  Certification as a driver/operator (pumper) is based upon the requirements for fire department vehicle driver/operator (pumper) certification established in NFPA 1002, “Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications,” current edition adopted by the fire service training bureau.  b.    Driver/operator (aerial).  Certification as a driver/operator (aerial) is based upon the requirements for fire department vehicle driver/operator (aerial) certification established in NFPA 1002, “Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications,” current edition adopted by the fire service training bureau.  251.202(3)    Fire officer.    a.    Fire officer I.  Certification as a fire officer I is based upon the requirements for fire officer I certification established in NFPA 1021, “Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications,” current edition adopted by the fire service training bureau.  b.    Fire officer II.  Certification as a fire officer II is based upon the requirements for fire officer II certification established in NFPA 1021, “Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications,” current edition adopted by the fire service training bureau.  251.202(4)    Fire inspector.  Certification as a fire inspector I is based upon the requirements for certification as a fire inspector I established in NFPA 1031, “Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plans Examiner,” current edition adopted by the fire service training bureau.  251.202(5)    Fire investigator.  Certification as a fire investigator is based upon the requirements for certification as a fire investigator established in NFPA 1033, “Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator,” current edition adopted by the fire service training bureau.  251.202(6)    Fire and emergency services instructor.    a.    Fire and emergency services instructor I.  Certification as a fire and emergency services instructor I is based upon the requirements for certification as a fire and emergency services instructor I established in NFPA 1041, “Standard for Fire and Emergency Services Instructor Professional Qualifications,” current edition adopted by the fire service training bureau.  b.    Fire and emergency services instructor II.  Certification as a fire and emergency services instructor II is based upon the requirements for certification as a fire and emergency services instructor II established in NFPA 1041, “Standard for Fire and Emergency Services Instructor Professional Qualifications,” current edition adopted by the fire service training bureau.  251.202(7)    Responder to hazardous materials incidents.    a.    Responder to hazardous materials incidents (awareness).  Prior to October 1, 2019, certification as a responder to hazardous materials incidents (awareness) is based upon the requirements for certification as a responder to hazardous materials incidents (awareness) established in NFPA 472, “Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents,” current edition adopted by the fire service training bureau. Beginning on October 1, 2019, certification as a responder to hazardous materials incidents (awareness) is based upon the requirements for certification as a responder to hazardous materials incidents (awareness) established in NFPA 1072, “Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications,” current edition adopted by the fire service training bureau.  b.    Responder to hazardous materials incidents (operations).  Prior to October 1, 2019, certification as a responder to hazardous materials incidents (operations) is based upon the requirements for certification as a responder to hazardous materials incidents (operations) established in NFPA 472, “Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents,” current edition adopted by the fire service training bureau. Beginning on October 1, 2019, certification as a responder to hazardous materials incidents (operations) is based upon the requirements for certification as a responder to hazardous materials incidents (operations) established in NFPA 1072, “Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications,” current edition adopted by the fire service training bureau.Related ARC(s): 8302B, 4641C661—251.203(100B)  Fees.  Current certification application fees and any other fees related to participation in the certification process shall be listed in the publication Certification Procedures Guide for each level of certification, published by the fire service training bureau and available on request from the fire service training bureau. The information in each guide shall be effective upon publication until superseded by publication of a later edition. Prospective candidates who are considering application for a particular level of certification should contact the fire service training bureau for the latest date of publication of the Certification Procedures Guide.Fees may be paid by personal check made payable to Iowa Department of Public Safety—Fire Service Training Bureau, credit card, purchase order from a public agency or private organization, check or draft from a public agency or private organization, or money order. The check, credit card information, purchase order, money order or draft shall be submitted with the application.661—251.204(100B)  Certification, denial, and revocation of certification.    251.204(1)    Certification.  Upon completion of the requirements for certification, the applicant’s name shall be entered into the Iowa certification database maintained by the fire service training bureau for the respective level of certification and into the certification databases maintained by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (PROBOARD) and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). Individuals who successfully complete the certification requirements shall also receive an individualized certificate awarding national certification from the fire service training bureau, which will bear numbered seals from the PROBOARD and the IFSAC, and additional insignia from the fire service training bureau.  251.204(2)    Denial of certification.  Certification shall be denied to any applicant who fails to meet all of the requirements for the type of certification, who knowingly submits false information to the fire service training bureau, or who engages in fraudulent activity during the certification process.  251.204(3)    Revocation.  The fire service training bureau may revoke the certification of any individual who is found to have knowingly provided false information to the fire service training bureau during the certification process or to have engaged in fraudulent activity during the certification process.  251.204(4)    Appeals.  Any person who is denied certification or whose certification is revoked may appeal the denial or revocation. An appeal of a denial or revocation of certification shall be made to the commissioner of public safety within 30 days of the issuance of the denial or revocation using the contested case procedures specified in rules 661—10.301(17A) through 661—10.332(17A).Related ARC(s): 9928B, 4641CThese rules are intended to implement Iowa Code chapter 100B.
Related ARC(s): 8302B, 9928B, 4641C