Fire service personnel from across the state and Kansas converged at the city’s regional training site this week for a new certification program.
Jon Neely, the Edmond Fire Department’s chief training officer, said the offering was a collaboration between the city and the Department of Fire Protection and Safety Technology at Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma City campus.
Participating personnel received recognition from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress, a peer driven, self-governing system that accredits both fire service certification programs and higher education fire-related degree programs.
It is the first nationally-recognized certification for fire apparatus in the state, Neely said. Fire service personnel came to the city’s regional training site near Interstate 35 and Covell from fire departments in Edmond, Oak Cliff, Jenks, Durant and OSU, Neely said. Trainers from the University of Kansas also participated.
Friday morning, fire service personnel went through scenarios in which they maneuvered vehicles in tight, low speed situations and operating pumps using a portable water supply, Neely said. Two thirds of the city of Edmond is located east of I-35 in mostly rural areas, where a portable water supply might very well be needed, he said.
The IFSAC is a nonprofit organization authorized by the Board of Regents of Oklahoma State University as a part of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. The organization accredits certificate programs. Fire departments are accreditated through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.
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