Fire Service Training Bureau
Iowa Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division
 
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The Fire Service Training Bureau is Iowa’s designated state fire academy, training Iowa’s firefighters since 1923. The Bureau provides quality training and education for Iowa’s fire and emergency services, under the direction of Bureau Chief Randal E. Novak. To learn more about Bureau Chief Randal E. Novak, click here.

The Bureau provides a variety of training courses, certification, and other services through the following programs:

Certification & Accreditation Program

Field Programs

Special Programs

 

The Fire Service Training Bureau is committed to meeting the needs of Iowa's fire service by emphasizing up-to-date, recognized training, partnerships with the community college districts, as well as in-house training opportunities.

The Fire Service Training Bureau accomplishes its mission through a variety of core functions.  These core functions include:

  • Promote safety in all aspects of fire and emergency service training
  • Training ranging from basic skills to more advanced specialized topics.
  • Professional certification through a program accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard).
  • Point of contact for the federal fire programs.
  • In a leadership role, develop and utilize new techniques and technologies.
  • Distribute training materials through the Iowa Fire Service Bookstore
  • Provide research, technical assistance and support.

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Contact FSTB

The Fire Service Training Bureau is open
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Fire Service Training Bureau
3100 Fire Service Road (Haber Rd)
Ames, IA 50011-3100

Phone:
888-469-2374 (toll free) or 515-294-6817

Fax:
800-722-7350 or 515-294-2156

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Randy Novak
Bureau Chief
novak@dps.state.ia.us

Linda Adams
Support Specialist
adams@dps.state.ia.us

Dawn Beisner
Information Specialist
beisner@dps.state.ia.us

Russ Grossman
Field Programs Coordinator
grossman@dps.state.ia.us

Jim Kenkel
Special Programs Coordinator
kenkel@dps.state.ia.us

Carl Link
Lab Technician
link@dps.state.ia.us

John McPhee
Certification & Accreditation Manager
mcphee@dps.state.ia.us

Robin Snider
Support Specialist
snider@dps.state.ia.us

Alicia Ver Huel
Accounting Specialist - NFIRS Program Manager
verhuel@dps.state.ia.us

 

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The Fire Service Training Bureau offers training materials and manuals through the Iowa Fire Service Bookstore.  Our bookstore is dedicated to providing the Iowa fire service with the most current, accurate and useful references available from the following publishers:

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Educational materials are always available by direct mail order services at the Fire Service Training Bureau.

Purchases may be made with credit cards, checks, cash, or charged to fire departments.

All proceeds from the purchase of educational materials from the IFSB stay in the Iowa fire service so that the benefit of guidance and information about firefighter safety, effective fire prevention and protection, and many other services may continue to be provided to individuals and fire departments.

Look for the Iowa Fire Service Bookstore at the State and Regional Fire Schools and receive a 10% discount on the purchase of any books.

 


To order training materials, contact the Fire Service Training Bureau:

Phone: 515-294-6817 or toll free at 888-469-2374

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Each year recognition is given to individuals of the fire service whose exemplary performance has contributed significantly to the safety and protection of the communities and citizens of Iowa. The following Governor's Awards for outstanding contribution to the state of Iowa are presented every year:

  • Arson Investigator of the Year
  • Commitment to Community Service Award of the Year
  • Firefighter of the Year
  • Fire Prevention Officer of the Year

Nomination letters should be sent to the Fire Service Training Bureau, attention Governor's Award Committee.

Governor's Award Brochure

 

The Kimberly Sue Stratton Memorial Award is a monetary award presented to an individual, group, or organization that has exhibited exemplary service in the training of firefighters who serve and protect the citizens of Iowa in times of disaster.

You can help in this cause to honor the outstanding efforts of those involved in some aspect of fire service training by nominating them for the award. Nomination letters should be sent to the Fire Service Training Bureau, attention Kimberly Sue Stratton Memorial Award Committee.

Nominations may include individual firefighters, the training officer of a fire department, staff of the Fire Service Training Bureau or the Fire Marshal's Office, the faculty/staff of regional fire schools, members of the Iowa Society of Fire Service Instructors, or others.

It is the hope of the Stratton family that, with your help, the Kimberly Sue Stratton Memorial Award will exist for many years into the future to honor Kim's memory by recognizing those who "shine" in their effort and ability in the area of fire service training.

Memorial Award Brochure

 

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The Beginning:  In 1923, a group of fire fighters came to Iowa State College and asked for educational assistance to improve their fire fighting and fire prevention skills.  In 1925, the college’s response was the First Annual Iowa State Fire School.  That event marked the beginning of state-level fire service education and training in the United States.

This first fire school, titled “First Short Course for Firemen” (1925) provided four days of training.  Topics included fire prevention, fire fighting, and first aid.  The program was developed by the fire service, under the supervision of the Engineering Extension Department of Iowa State College.

First Annual Iowa State Fire School brochure from 1923

Over the years, Fire Service Extension changed to the Fire Service Institute, a component of Iowa State University Extension.  The annual fire schools continued to grow.  The Institute offered many basic and advanced fire service training programs.

1966 Iowa Firemen's Convention Program and Business Report - Page 1

1966 Iowa Firemen's Convention Program and Business Report - Page 2

1966 Iowa Firemen's Convention Program and Business Report - Page 3

The Transition:  In 2000, at the request of several state fire service associations, legislation was drafted to remove the Institute from Iowa State University, and relocate it with the Department of Public Safety.  The Governor signed house File 2492 during the legislative session, and the transfer of responsibilities occurred July 1, 2000.  The Institute was dissolved, and the Fire Service Training Bureau was created within the Division of State Fire Marshal.

While the responsibility and budget was transferred immediately to the Division of State Fire Marshal, the physical location of the Bureau continues in the Fire Service Education building on the Iowa State University campus.  The Bureau has arranged to remain in this building until June 30, 2010.

Proponents of the legislation believed transferring the responsibility of statewide fire service training to the Division of State Fire Marshal would give the new Bureau a higher priority for increased funding opportunities needed to ensure quality training and education.  Iowa State University Extension also supported the move, stating they wanted what was best for the fire service and the citizens of Iowa, and that this is what the fire service wanted.

2002 FIREHOUSE magazine article about the Interior Fire Attack Simulator

 

On July 1, 2000, the State Fire Service and Emergency Response Council was established within the Division of Fire Protection of the Department of Public Safety.  The Council consists of eleven voting members.  Members represent the following groups:

  • Iowa Firemen’s Association (two members)
  • Iowa Fire Chiefs’ Association (two members)
  • Iowa Association of Professional Firefighters (one member)
  • Iowa Firefighters Group (one member)
  • Iowa Association of Professional Fire Chiefs (two members)
  • Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association (one member)
  • General Public (two members)
  • Labor Commissioner (or designee, serving ex officio)

The duties of the State Fire Service and Emergency Response Council include:

  • Advise and confer with the State Fire Marshal in matters relating to fire protection services, including, but not limited to, training.
  • Cooperate with and assist agencies concerning fire emergency services matters and may, at the request of the State Fire Marshal or the Chair of the Council, hold public hearings for the purpose of seeking resolution of, or making recommendations on, fire service issues.
  • Develop, in consultation with the State Fire Marshal, the policies of the Fire Service Training Bureau of the Division of Fire Protection.
  • Develop and submit to the State Fire Marshal for adoption, rules establishing minimum training standards for fire service training that will be applicable statewide; periodically review these standards and offer rules as deemed appropriate.
  • Provide recommendations to the State Fire Marshal that will facilitate the delivery of basic level firefighter training at the local level.
  • Provide recommendations to the State Fire Marshal for a fee schedule for training and consultation services as necessary for the administration of these duties.
  • Prepare annual performance reviews of training administrators for submittal to the State Fire Marshal.
  • Hear testimony from the Labor Commissioner, or the Labor Commissioner’s designee, on inspections and investigations involving occupational safety and health standards for firefighters and conducted by the Office of the Labor Commissioner.

Minimum Training Standard

 

 

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