Training and Certifications
The Indiana Fire & Public Safety Academy is an education and training subdivision of the Division of Fire and 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.
Training Grant Opportunity for Fire Departments and EMS Providers
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is opening the Employer Training Grant, which allows employers in a high-demand business sector to be reimbursed up to $5,000 for each newly trained current or new full-time employee, and up to $1,000 for high school students. Paramedics/EMTs and firefighters are on the list of eligible occupations. Learn more and apply
One Year Extension of Position Qualifications for Incident Management Teams and Task Books
As of June 27, the Academy is responsible for reviewing individual and Incident Management Team qualifications and position-specific task books. Please be patient as Academy and IDHS staff finalize details of this implementation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic extending into 2021, most Incident Management Team and position-specific training was slowed down significantly or cancelled. IDHS is giving Incident Management Teams and personnel more time to complete required training for qualification. All position-specific task books and qualifications are hereby extended one year from your current expiration date. This one-year extension period will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2022, for all Incident Management Team qualifications and position-specific task books.
Reactivate Your Acadis Account
As part of its ongoing system maintenance procedures, IDHS may deactivate user accounts that do not register system activity for an extended period of time. If your account has been deactivated, it is likely you have not had any activity on your account for 12 months or longer. However, account deactivation does not mean your account has been deleted, and the Acadis system will maintain a historical record of certifications and trainings even if an account has been deactivated.
If you believe your account has been deactivated and you would like to request account reactivation, you may complete this form and submit it to IDHS. If you are unsure whether your account has been deactivated, please attempt to reset your Acadis password and retrieve your PSID prior to completing this form.
Select an area of training below to learn more, including contact information.
- Fire Training and Certifications
The Fire Training and Certifications staff establishes inspection training requirements for members of volunteer fire companies and certifies individuals who meet those requirements..
- EMS Training and Certifications
Specific training and protocol is required to become a certified EMR or EMT. The EMS Section offers various resources for finding testing locations, certifications and course information, EMS guidelines and more.
- Emergency Management Training
IDHS is responsible for providing a comprehensive emergency-management training program based on the needs of the state in these areas:
- Mitigation: preventing or lessening the effects of a hazard
- Preparedness: planning, training and exercising
- Response: responding to hazards to prevent further injury or damage
- Recovery: restoring community functions, both short- and long-term
- Additional Public Safety Training
Search and Rescue Training
Following a disaster, search and rescue professionals can offer vital assistance in recovery efforts. In order to nurture and cultivate a strong search and rescue community within Indiana, the IDHS Search and Rescue Program takes a comprehensive approach by offering training programs in K9 search, as well as rescue, search, technical rescue and search management.
NIMS, ICS Training
IDHS is the Indiana point of contact for National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) training provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
- NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
- ICS is a standardized approach to incident management that is used for all kinds of incidents by all types of organizations and at all levels of government. It is applicable to small and large, complex incidents and can be used for planned events in addition to emergencies.
IDHS is the Indiana point of contact for counter-terrorism training provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Training and Exercise Division (TED) and the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), a partnership of several nationally recognized organizations.
Hazmat and Radiation Training
The hazmat training program provides participants with training and exercises designed to facilitate quality emergency response of hazardous material incidents, radiation emergencies and terrorism incidents involving weapons of mass destruction.