Reviewed and/or Updated on: August 10, 2017

Emergency Services Instructor I

This 40-hour course prepares the participant to perform fire instruction duties at a minimum nationally recognized level. (This course was formerly known as Fire Instructor I)

The targeted audience is individuals who have previously functioned as "qualified instructors" according to SPS 330.07, Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Chapter SPS 330, Fire Department Safety and Health Standards, Training and Education (1) (b) 4.[3-4.2, 3-4.4 and 3-4.5], and desire, or are required, to increase their knowledge and skills set to the next level.

This course is designed to provide the Emergency Services Instructor I candidate with the information needed to meet the job performance requirements (JPRs) in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, Chapter 4. Course curriculum is based on the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) Fire and Emergency Services Instructor, 8th Edition and Jones and Bartlett, Fire Service Instructor, Principles and Practice, 1st Edition.

A written exam and 30 hours of supervised instruction will complete the certification process for this course. A participant who completes this course and wishes to be certified has two years from the completion of the course to take the exams and fulfill the supervised instruction requirement (30 hours). Participants who successfully pass the certification exams will receive a State of Wisconsin Certificate with an IFSAC (International Fire Service Accreditation Congress) seal which can be accepted by other IFSAC accredited states or entities.

Completion of this course is a pre-requisite for certification to the Fire Officer I level.  Fire Officer I Candidates who wish to complete this course only to comply with this pre-requisite, and do not wish to become Emergency Services Instructor I Certified, are not required to take the written exam or complete the 30 hours of supervised study.  This course can also be used to comply with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services requirements for certification as an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Instructor II. 

Note: Emergency Services Instructor I, II, and III are the only Wisconsin State Certification levels which must be recertified after 5 years. An Emergency Services Instructor I can renew certification by providing documentation of 240 hours of instruction over the 5-year period. These 240 hours can include Train-the-Trainers and continuing education courses dealing with instructional techniques.