This year’s Fall Instructors Conference held by the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) marked the beginning of a new era in fire training standards. At this year’s conference, ISFSI and Envisage Technologies announced the Fire Training Certification Program (Fire TCP), a new set of standards for evaluating training in the fire industry.

The announcement of Fire TCP was delivered in a panel discussion moderated by John Buckman, Fire Training Section Chief of the Indiana State Fire Marshal. Panelists included Eddie Buchanan, past President of ISFSI; Leigh Hubbard, Executive Director of ISFSI; John Murphy, Legal Advisor for ISFSI; Steve Pegram, President of ISFSI; and Ari Vidali, CEO of Envisage Technologies.

A joint effort between ISFSI and Envisage Technologies, the Fire TCP will utilize subject matter experts to review online and in-person training to award a seal of excellence to training that meets or exceeds the standards identified by advisors and subject matter experts in the fire service currently creating a rubric for the program.

On the topic of these new training standards, ISFSI President Steve Pegram remarked “In every state and every region, there are certain rules, regulations and standards, but there isn’t one standard that goes across the whole country. That makes it very difficult for us as a national fire service to really compare training.” Pegram added, “Whether it be for a large disaster or incident, or even when a firefighter moves to another state and wants to continue their career, there isn’t really a mechanism to support that until now.”

All Fire TCP certified courses will be available on FirstForward, the training network for first responders, created by Envisage Technologies. FirstForward will allow fire departments to access certified training from vendors across the United States and the world. Additionally, when a firefighter completes a course, proof of completion will appear on his or her personal training record on FirstForward. Regarding FirstForward, Ari Vidali added, “The technology will connect the reviewers of content with the content providers, connect content providers with a larger audience of firefighters, and it will aggregate all available training into a single location for departments to search for what they need.”

ISFSI and an advisory board for the Fire Training Certification Program are finalizing a rubric for reviewing courses, and training providers will be able to submit their courses soon. For further details about Fire TCP, visit the Fire TCP website.

In addition to the Fire TCP launch, other events and speakers marked this year’s ISFSI conference. John Tippett presented a keynote entitled “Creating the Next Generation Fire Officer: An officer development program for the burgeoning experience breach.” Fitness was a key theme of the conference, and Jim Moss of Firefighter Functional Fitness was teaching simple exercises and issuing fitness challenges between sessions.