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Changing Lives Through Public Safety Education, Training and Certification
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
except state-observed holidays
Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security
Indiana Government Center-South, Room E208
302 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739
After-hours certification help: 317-234-6480
About the Fire & Public Safety Academy
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 an administrator and has two subsections: (1) Fire Training and Certifications and (2) Public Safety.
NFA On-Campus Training Suspended
The Oct. 15 – Dec. 15 application period for National Fire Academy on-campus trainings has been suspended by the U.S. Fire Administration due to COVID-19 precautions. Find online NFA trainings.
New Online Training Platform
The Academy is partnering with the Health and Safety Institute to offer more than 200 continuing education and recertification courses for firefighters and EMS personnel. Individuals can buy specific courses, or departments can buy an unlimited membership to have the entire catalog on-demand. Those who sign up by December 1 can take advantage of a reduced rate, so register for an account now at https://infpsa.hsi.com/.
Distributive Education Limits Removed
Distributive Education limits have been removed for the recertification cycle ending March 30, 2021 (EMT, AEMT, Paramedic) and September 30, 2021 (EMR). EMTs, AEMTs and paramedics who are due to recertify on March 30, 2021, will have no limits on Distributive Education. This allows all continuing education to be accomplished online through any state-accepted or CAPCE-accredited program or education site. This means 100 percent of continuing education hours can be completed through online training programs such as 24-7 EMS. Complete information about this change can be found at https://www.nremt.org/rwd/public/document/covid-19#distributive-education-update.
The Division of Fire and Building Safety recognizes public safety personnel for their service with special recognitions. Nominate a public safety worker for recognition from the State Fire Marshal or the EMS Section on the IDHS Special Recognition page.
- Course Registration and PSID Numbers
- Browse and Register for Courses
- Course Testing Instructions
- IFSAC Certification Application
- IFSAC Credit Card Payment Application
- Prerequisite List
Note to Ivy Tech students: Ivy Tech students need to contact their training entity to request a test ID 15 days prior to going to Ivy Tech to take an exam. Contact Ivy Tech directly to find out when testing labs will be open.
Public Safety Identification (PSID) Numbers and Certification Verification
- PSID Application (Do not use this application if you already have a PSID)
- PSID and Certification Lookup Instructions
- PSID Lookup
- Verify an Individuals' IDHS EMS and Fire Certification
After-Hours Certification Help
For questions or requests during regular business hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-232-2222. If needing immediate help with fire certifications from 5 to 9 p.m. on weeknights and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, call 317-234-6480.
- National Fire Academy
National Fire Academy
New Application Process: Starting April 1, 2020, all applications for the National Fire Academy and the National Emergency Training Center should be completed online at the U.S. Fire Administration website.
FEMA Student Identification Number
- Required for all National Fire Academy course applications. Social Security numbers will not be accepted.
- Visit FEMA SID to apply for your SID number.
Specialized Public Safety Trainings
The Academy offers specialized trainings in the areas of emergency medical services, emergency management, radioactive materials and more. Contact email@example.com to suggest the Academy host a special training on a particular public safety topic.
Get Alarmed Smoke Alarm Program
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.
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.