The Florida Division of the State Fire Marshal (Division) manages the curriculum of the Fire Officer program. This is an advanced training and certification program designed for firefighters having supervisory and management responsibilities. The foundation of this program is based on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications (2009). The Division now recognizes four levels of Fire Officer; Fire Officer I, II, III, and IV.
Applicants who meet the job performance requirements, demonstrate requisite skills, and possess the requisite knowledge set forth in subsection 69A-37.065 F.A.C., are qualified to receive the respective Fire Officer Certificate of Competency from the Division. Additionally, recipients of a Florida Fire Officer certification may qualify for National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualification (Pro Board) certification.
This Fire Officer Program recognizes key consensus standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications; the National Fire Academy Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) initiative; the International Association of Fire Chief’s Officer Development initiative; and the accreditation standards of the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board).
Florida International University is an authorized third party provider of Fire Officer courses.