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Changing Lives Through Public Safety Education, Training and Certification

About the Fire & Public Safety Academy

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The Indiana Fire & Public Safety Academy is an education and training subdivision of the Division of Fire & Building Safety, under the Indiana State Fire Marshal and established as an institution for public safety education, training and advanced studies for Indiana's fire department personnel and volunteers; emergency medical services personnel; telecommunicators; emergency management personnel and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives personnel in the areas of fire prevention; enforcement of fire safety laws; firefighting; emergency medical services and other areas of public safety.

The Academy was also created to establish inspection training requirements for members of volunteer fire companies and to certify individuals who meet those requirements. The Academy collaborates with public safety boards and commissions in the state to establish criteria for certification and credentialing of public safety personnel.

The Academy is led by a director and has two subsections: (1) Fire Training and Certifications and (2) Public Safety.

The director and operations director are members of the North American Fire Training Directors organization.

The Acadis Portal is the hub for online fire and EMS training and certifications.

Use this list to find what courses or certifications are needed before registering for a course.

Agencies may sign up for the opportunity to receive decommissioned shipping containers when available.

Fire Certifications and Training

Get Alarmed Smoke Alarm Program

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The IDHS Get Alarmed program works closely with service providers and fire departments to distribute smoke alarms to Indiana residents at no cost, thanks to a federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant. For more information, visit the Get Alarmed page.

Specialized Public Safety Trainings

The Academy offers specialized trainings in the areas of emergency medical services, emergency management, radioactive materials and more. Contact firetraining@dhs.in.gov to suggest the Academy host a special training on a particular public safety topic.

Board of Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education

The Board of Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education (BFPSE) establishes the rules and regulations for voluntary training for fire service and, for some specialized training, non-fire service personnel in Indiana including deciding criteria for certification of firefighters at different levels of education within the state. The board responds to variance requests and other issues at its monthly meetings. Visit the Board of Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education for more information, such as recent meeting minutes.