EMS & Fire Certifications

Fire Service Certificates to Practice

In accordance with section 4765.55 of the Ohio Revised Code individuals must possess the appropriate certificate issued by the executive director of the Division of Emergency Medical Services to provide firefighting or fire safety inspector services. The executive director issues certificates to fire service providers at the following levels:

Volunteer Firefighter

After successful completion of the thirty-six hour Ohio Volunteer Firefighter’s Course, students will be certified as a “Volunteer Firefighter” as recognized in the Ohio Revised Code. The certification will be renewed after three years, provided the firefighter successfully completes the continuing education requirements. Recognizing that the State of Ohio Certified Volunteer Firefighters Course does not meet the minimum requirements recognized by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards as a qualifying level of public safety responder for trained Firefighters, the Volunteer Firefighter certification is a stand-alone certificate for the State of Ohio. The Volunteer Firefighting course provides the basic elements upon which firefighters can begin to build their training portfolio and assist in firefighting operations with their fire departments.

The Volunteer Firefighters Course limits hazardous exposures due to safety concerns as described in the Ohio Administrative Code.  Therefore, the Volunteer Firefighters Course does not allow Certified Instructors to teach students in the type of hazardous environments to which their fire departments will be exposed.  These activities include but are not limited to hot zone operations at structural or uncontrolled fires, auto accidents hazardous materials situations considered to be ‘Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health’ (IDLH), and apparatus operation, the training for which is not provided in the Volunteer Firefighter Course.  These limitations being such as they are, the fire chief, or the authority having jurisdiction, must provide for training in these expanded areas if the firefighter is expected to function safely in these environments.  The fire chief acknowledges that he or she shall assume all the risk and liability for deviating from any of the state and/or nationally recognized standards for firefighting.

The Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Ohio Society of Fire Service Instructors (OSFSI) recommends that all Certified State of Ohio Volunteer Firefighters should continue training to attain the NFPA Level 1 Firefighter qualifications.

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Firefighter I

After successful completion of the one-hundred-fifty-six (156) hour Ohio Firefighter I course, students will be certified as a “Firefighter I” as recognized in the Ohio Revised Code.  The certification will be renewed after three years, provided the firefighter successfully completes the continuing education requirements. The Firefighter I course requirements meet or exceed the nationally recognized standard, NFPA 1001: Standard for Fire Service Professional Qualifications. An individual certified at the Firefighter I level will have demonstrated competency in the knowledge and practical skills required to perform at the Firefighter I level.

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Firefighter II

After successful completion of the two-hundred-sixty (260) hour Ohio Firefighter II course, students will be certified as a “Firefighter II” as recognized in the Ohio Revised Code.  The certification will be renewed after three years, provided the firefighter successfully completes the continuing education requirements. The Firefighter II course requirements meet or exceed the nationally recognized standard, NFPA 1001: Standard for Fire Service Professional Qualifications. An individual certified at the Firefighter II level will have demonstrated competency in the knowledge and practical skills required to perform at the Firefighter II level.

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Fire Safety Inspector

After successful completion of the seventy-two hour Ohio Fire Safety Inspector course, students will be certified as a “Fire Safety Inspector” as recognized in the Ohio Revised Code. The certification will be renewed after three years, provided the firefighter successfully completes the continuing education requirements. Participants gain an understanding of the fire inspector's role in code enforcement, general fire prevention practices, fire safety requirements related to HAZ MAT, electrical systems and fire protection systems, as well as learning the skills necessary to properly conduct fire safety inspections. The Fire Safety Inspector course requirements meet or exceed the nationally recognized standard, NFPA 1031: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner. In accordance with section 3737.34 of the Ohio Revised Code, no person shall serve as a fire safety inspector for any fire agency unless he/she has received a certificate issued under section 4765.55 of the Revised Code evidencing satisfactory completion of the Fire Safety Inspector training program.

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