An important function of the fire service is to proactively focus on engineering practices, inspections, and code enforcement to protect its communities and reduce risk in order to save lives. Achieving this goal begins with education and inspections. The State of Georgia, in conjunction with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, has garnered the responsibility of performing regular, standardized inspections of facilities to better educate the public and reduce risk.
To prepare fire department personnel to successfully reduce risk through inspection, GPSTC’s Georgia Fire Academy offers a Fire Inspector curriculum that equips students with the tools necessary to perform fire inspector duties. From communications and building construction, to occupancy classifications and fire inspections procedures, the Fire Inspector Curriculum addresses all of the Georgia State Fire Marshal Rules and Regulations and well as state law and International codes and standards.
Upon successful completion of this curriculum, students will be eligible to take the Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training Council’s test for State Certification as a Fire Inspector and ProBoard Certification as defined by NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plans Examiner, Chapter 4.
Students seeking to enroll in the Fire Inspector curriculum are required to submit a letter for their Chief or the Fire Marshal attesting to assignment or responsibility AND have completed the following prior to enrolling in Module I:
- ICS -100 Introduction to ICS
- ICS-200 Basic ICS
- ICS-700 An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
Student selection priority will be given to students already working in or receiving assignment to a Fire Prevention Bureau.
Total program course hours: 80 hours
Fire Inspector State and National Certification Tests
Students who have completed all courses or their equivalent become eligible to test for Fire Inspector Certifications through Georgia Fire Standards & Training Council (GFSTC). Pre-requisites are defined by the Council and testing for Certification is separate from the training courses. For more information on testing, please contact the Georgia Firefighter Standards & Training Council at (478) 993-4521.