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OVERHAULING CHANGES AND UPDATES TAKING PLACE IN 2014
Beginning January 1, 2014, all Firefighter Certification levels will begin using new skills sheets and written exams. Every 5 years, the Kentucky Fire Commission must undergo a reaccreditation process of its IFSAC accredited certifications. In addition to this reaccreditation evaluation, an upgrade is necessary to ensure that we are testing and certifying to the most current edition of applicable NFPA professional qualification standards and requisite job knowledge/performance. Our last update was in 2008, meaning it is that time again. What this means to the firefighters of Kentucky, who are or will be seeking IFSAC accredited certification before January 1, is that all partially completed certifications on December 31 will expire requiring the firefighter to retake portions of certification levels already completed.
Certification cannot be achieved using components (written exams and skills evaluations) of 2 different versions of a specific pro-qual standard. Simply put, if a firefighter attempted and passed the written exam for FF1 in June of 2012 under the 2008 edition of NFPA 1001, he or she must complete the skills component by December 31, 2013 or the June 2012 written component will expire because after 01-01-14, we will begin using test materials that are related to the 2013 edition of NFPA 1001.
If a firefighter has completed both components of a certification level, written and skills, then that certification level is locked in, even if it has not been issued to the candidate. This is common when the candidate has not yet met pre-requisites for the completed certification. An example is the firefighter has completed written and skills for FF1 and FF2 as well as the skills portion of Haz Mat Operations, but has yet to pass the written test for Haz Mat Ops certification. Because Haz Mat Ops is a pre-requisite to FF1, the lack of completion of the Haz Mat Ops written is holding up the issuance of both FF1 and FF2 certifications. Since both levels have both components completed for each, they are locked in and can't be taken away. However, if the firefighter fails to pass the written for Haz Mat Ops by 12-31-13, the skills completed for HMO will expire requiring the firefighter to repeat the HMO skills so that both written and skills are under the 2013 edition of the standard.
Firefighters in this situation must remember that fire commission (KCTCS) personnel are under mandatory leave during the last portion of each December, meaning it will not be possible to receive testing after December 18th, 2013. Tests completed near the closure date will be held and graded after we return in January 2014.
THE BEST WAY TO AVOID ANY PROBLEMS IS TO FINISH INCOMPLETED TESTING COMPONENTS BEFORE MID DECEMBER.
This can all be confusing and will impact all accredited certifications issued by the fire commission. Any and all questions should be directed to the accredited certification office, Duane Suttles or Christy Rodgers at 606-784-1393 or Duane's cell line, 606-922-7671.
We apologize for any inconvenience. This upgrade and reaccreditation will only strengthen the fire service of Kentucky by ensuring certifications to standards that are current and up to date.
Due to changes in the accredited certification program, there will be NO testing of any kind, neither written nor skills, during the months of January and February in 2014.
Concerns or questions may be directed to Duane Suttles at 606-922-7671.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Written exams are offered each month, in Lexington at the Kentucky Fire Commission Central Office, 118 James Court. Typically, they are on the third Monday of each month, but some months do not follow that general schedule due to conflicts beyond our control. December testing is limited due to KCTCS holiday schedules.
Please go to http://www.kyffcert.com/id33.html to find a listing of dates or to register for an exam.
THERE WILL BE TWO SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITTEN TESTING AT THE FIRE COMMISSION OFFICE IN DECEMBER 2013.
CONTACT CHRISTY RODGERS AT CHRISTY.RODGERS@KCTCS.EDU FOR MORE INFORMATION.