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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.

Fire Officer I

The Division defines a Fire Officer I as a person having the responsibilities of a Company Officer who supervises a single fire suppression unit or small administrative group within a fire department. The Fire Officer I may also be referred to as a Supervising Fire Officer.

  • Building Construction for the Fire Service
  • Company Officer
  • Fire Service Course Delivery
  • Firefighting Tactics and Strategy I

Fire Officer II

The Division defines a Fire Officer II as a person having the responsibilities of a Company Officer whose duties include supervising a multi-unit emergency incident. The Fire Officer II may also be referred to as a Managing Fire Officer.

  • Fire Officer Course Design
  • Firefighting Tactics and Strategy II
  • Fire Prevention Practices
  • Private Fire Protection Systems I

Fire Officer III

The Division defines a Fire Officer III as a person having the responsibilities of a Chief Officer. The Fire Officer III may also be referred to as an Administrative Fire Officer.

  • Chief Officer
  • Analytical Approaches in Public Fire Protection
  • Legal and Ethical Issues for the Fire Service

Fire Officer IV

The Division defines a Fire Officer IV as a person having the responsibilities of a Department Head or Chief Officer with significant leadership responsibilities for an organization. The Fire Officer IV may also be referred to as an Executive Fire Officer.

  • Community Risk Reduction
  • Personnel Management for the Fire and Emergency Services
  • Strategic Planning

Choose one of the following electives:

  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Capstone Project