Director’s Message

“Partnership to Develop Firefighting Skills”

by Bill Guindon, Director of Maine Fire Service Institute.

Maine Fire Service Institute is a department within Southern Maine Community College that does not have a classroom on any college campus. In fact, some of the classrooms may be located on the back of fire apparatus in remote areas of the state.  Since the mid 1950’s Maine Fire Service Institute has served as the primary organization dedicated to training volunteer and paid firefighters throughout the state of Maine.  On any given day one of a nearly 100 contract instructors supported by 10 full time staff provide fire training in a classroom fire station or outdoor training site somewhere in the state.  The Maine Fire Service Institutes office is located at the Southern Maine Community College Midcoast Campus in Brunswick,. 

“What is the difference between the Maine Fire Service Institute and the SMCC Fire Science Department?”

The Maine Fire Service Institute and the Fire Science Division are separate but compatible departments at Southern Maine Community College.   Maine Fire Service Institute primarily serves through a statewide field training system using a hands-on delivery and the Fire Science Department is Academic in nature often using a traditional classroom approach.

The SMCC Fire Science Department serves as the Academic component to educate future and current firefighters in technical and management areas such as chemistry, leadership, hydraulics and fire prevention.

“How are Maine Fire Service Institute Courses offered?”

The Maine Fire Service Institute has a mission to assist in the development of skills and abilities in support of Maine’s Fire service at the local, regional, and State level in collaboration with the fire chiefs of Maine.  Through partnerships Maine Fire Service Institute staff and Instructors work to provide training to the fire community from firefighter thru the rank of fire chief.  As part of our partnership 18 Trailers with props are used to support local fire training efforts.  Applying nationally recognized curriculums Maine Fire Service Institute assists fire chiefs to ensure firefighter safety and compliance in training according to state and national standards.

The Maine Fire Service Institute provides training to firefighters at the request of the local fire department chief or training officer.  Most courses are offered in 4, 8 or 16 hour blocks.  In a typical year average of 2000 to 3000 firefighters are trained throughout the state often without having to leave their own community.

“What types of Courses are offered by Maine Fire Service Institute?”

Maine Fire Service Institute offers courses on Basic Firefighter, Firefighter I and II, Fire Instructor I and II, Fire Officer I and II, EVOC,  and Hazardous Materials.

Does Maine Fire Service Institute offer any National Fire Academy Courses?”

As the state fire training agency Maine Fire Service Institute serves as an extension and point of contact for the National Fire Academy located in Emmittsburg, Maryland.  On an annual basis Maine Fire Service Institute is provided opportunities to host nationally recognized National Fire Academy courses at various locations throughout the state of Maine.

Does Maine Fire Service Institute offer college credit to firefighters?

Maine Fire Service Institute serves as the certifying body for firefighters in the state of Maine.  Interested firefighters have the opportunity to validate training through testing to nationally accredited standards by the Fire Service National Professional Qualification Board.  Upon successful completion of certification testing at Firefighter I and II, Fire Instructor I and II or Fire Officer I and II transferable college credit is awarded to firefighters.

For more Information on Maine Fire Service Institute please contact us at 207-844-2070 or look at our website www.MaineFSI.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Maine Fire Services Institute is to assist in the development of skills and abilities in support of Maine’s Fire service at the local, regional and State level in collaboration with the fire chiefs of Maine.

Vision Statement

Partnering with the fire chiefs Maine Fire Service Institute shall focus on customer service, quality, and safety. MFSI shall collaborate to deliver standardized and integrated training and education by leveraging technology, innovation and funding opportunities to meet the needs of a dynamic Fire Service.