Fire Service Training Bureau
Iowa Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division
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About the Fire Service Training Bureau

Mission Statement

"To establish credibility in providing quality education, training, certification, and professional consultation to Iowa's fire service and other emergency responders in a manner that reflects commitment, integrity, and contributes to the reduction of morbidity, mortality, and property loss from fire and other hazards."


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.

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

Certification & Accreditation Program

Field Programs

Special Programs

New Classes/Training Opportunities

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 and response.
  • Provide and coordinate training ranging from basic skills to more advanced specialized topics.
  • Offer professional certification through a program accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard).
  • Act as the statewide point of contact and coordination for federal fire programs.
  • Provide a leadership role in developing and implementing new techniques and technologies in firefighting and emergency response.
  • 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
1015 Haber Rd
Ames, IA 50011-3104



John Kraemer
Bureau Chief

Linda Adams
Support Specialist

Dawn Beisner
Information Specialist

Russ Grossman
Field Programs Manager

Gary Howard
Certification/Accreditation Manager

Jim Kenkel
Special Programs Manager

Carl Link
Lab Technician

Robin Snider
Support Specialist

Linda Thede


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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

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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


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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

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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.




Iowa State Fire Service & Emergency Response Council

The meeting schedule is yet to be determined, but all meetings will be held at the following location:

Fire Service Training Bureau
1015 Haber Road
Ames, IA 50011



Next Meeting:

Wednesday, June 4, 2019 at 10:00 am


Past Meeting Agenda & Minutes





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Created: 02-07-2006
Last Updated: 4-19-2019 (DMB)
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