The Maine State Legislature created Maine Fire Service Training in 1948 in response to the fires that burned across the state in 1947. This organization dedicated to the training of fire fighters has seen many changes over the years.
In the early 80’s, Maine Fire Training & Education, a non-academic program of Southern Maine Technical College, initiated certification programs for fire fighters, fire instructors and fire officers. Through the 1980’s and 1990’s, MFT&E offered Fire Fighter I & II training and certification based on the 1982, 1987 and 1992 editions of NFPA 1001 Professional Qualifications Standard. In 1992, MFT&E, introduced a Fire Fighter I and II training program designed to comply with the National Fire Protection Association Standard 1001-1992. Testing procedures were developed and implemented to certify fire fighters to this standard. Over the next few years Fire Officer & Fire Service Instructor were added.
In 2006, MFT&E achieved Pro-Board accreditation for the levels of Fire Fighter I & II, Fire Service Instructor I & II and Fire Officer I & II.
In 2011, the Maine State Legislature passed legislation which reorganized the Maine Fire Training and Education into the Maine Fire Service Institute. In July of 2012, the Maine Fire Service Institute moved to the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. With a new name and home the Maine Fire Service Institute stands ready to continue its mission of training and certifying fire fighters to meet the demanding challenges of today.
Certification Written Examination Tests & Skills End Tests Schedule 2017-2019
A reminder for those preparing for Certification Testing. Anyone desiring to participate in certification testing needs to have progress charts accompanied by a Training Completion Affidavit submitted to the Certification and Curriculum Manager no later than 2 weeks prior to the scheduled written or skills examination. Walk-ons are not permitted. Contact CTPM Peter Rines for more information. 207-844-2074
Fire Fighter Certification
FF I&II Manual Mar 2017 (pdf)
Fire Fighter training and certification is intended to be the basis of all future fire fighter certification programs. No fire fighter shall attain higher fire fighter state certification without first completing an approved Fire Fighter I course at a minimum. Applicants seeking certification as a Fire Fighter II must first show documentation of having met the requirements for Fire Fighter I certification according to NFPA Standard 1001 latest standard. Certification is granted to those individuals who meet the required qualifications and successfully pass the certification examinations. The requirements for Fire Fighter I & II are based on the Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualification, NFPA 1001 latest standard. All qualifications must be met and documentation supplied to Maine Fire Service Institute (MFSI) prior to admission to the examination. Applicants have one year from the time of course completion to complete the certification process.
Fire Service Instructor Certification
The requirements for certification are designed to insure the accountability, consistency, and credibility of fire service instructors conducting courses and programs throughout the State of Maine. Certification is provided through Maine Fire Service Institute (MFSI), Curriculum and Certification Program. MFSI shall certify fire instructors based on a combination of requirements and qualifications. All qualifications must be met and documentation supplied to the Certification Program Manager. Each designated level of instructor classification is based upon the Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, NFPA 1041 latest standard. When accepted, after fulfilling the entrance requirements of this standard, the individual shall be placed in the appropriate instructor level. The applicant must meet all requirements and prerequisites of that instructional level. Each objective must be met in its entirety. Applicants have one year from the time of course completion to complete the certification process.
Fire Officer Certification
Fire Officer I&II Cert Manual 2017 (pdf)
The guidelines for the state certification program are designed to ensure accountability, consistency, and credibility of instruction, testing, and certification of fire fighters in the State of Maine.
The main goals of the Certification program are:
1. To raise the level of fire protection for the State of Maine
2. To improve training and education for the fire service of Maine
3. To establish minimum basic training standards for fire protection personnel.
4. Issuance of certificates to persons who complete requirements for certification and pass the required state examinations.
5. To maintain records of persons who have obtained state certification.
Fire Officer Certification is provided through Maine Fire Service Institute (MFSI). MFSI shall certify officers based on a combination of requirements and qualifications.
MFSI subscribes to the policy of nondiscrimination in all areas of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. Entry level qualifications are reviewed to ensure that each applicant meets the specified requirements.
Fire Fighter I & II Course Requirements
- The course should be approved by the Maine Fire Service Institute as meeting or exceeding NFPA 1001 latest standard.
- The Lead Course Instructor must hold a current Certified Fire Fighter I & II certificate. The Lead Course Instructor must hold a current Fire Service Instructor I (or higher) certificate.
- The Lead Instructor is responsible for scheduling certified instructors and record keeping for the course. Assisting instructors must meet the same requirements as the Lead Instructor. The Fire Fighter I & II certification may be waived at the request of the Chief Officer of the authority having jurisdiction in the event no one on the department meets this requirement. It is then required that the instructor take the appropriate Fire Fighter I & II written and practical skills certification exams with the class.
- The Lead Course Instructor will verify the candidate has successfully performed each practical skill by signing a complete set of progress charts and “Program Coordinator Training Completion Affidavit” (see pg.22). completion of the appropriate progress charts must be completed and signed by the Lead Instructor prior to the certification exam, indicating that the Lead Instructor has witnessed the successful completion of each skill in accordance with NFPA 1001 latest standard. The completed progress charts and the “Application for Alternative Compliance Method Evaluator Confirmation” (see pg.24) must be forwarded to Maine Fire Service Institute at least two weeks prior to the scheduled exam in order for final approval to be granted.
- Fire Fighter I
- Fire Fighter II
- Fire Service Instructor I
- Fire Service Instructor II
- Fire Officer I
- Fire Officer II