About the Office of Fire Prevention and Control
The Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) trains some 50,000 career and volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders annually at the NYS Academy of Fire Science, Montour Falls and in satellite locations throughout the State. The courses include all aspects of fire suppression, fire prevention, arson investigation, technical rescue, instructor and officer development, hazardous materials and emergency response to terrorism (2013 Annual Firefighter Training and Education Report). OFPC implements the statewide minimum training standards for firefighters.
OFPC provides routine emergency technical assistance to localities involved in fire investigations and also assists in the stabilization/mitigation of hazardous materials spills, technical rescues and in the development of mutual aid programs. The Office administers the State Fire Mobilization and Mutual Aid Plan provides operational assistance during major events, and administers the Emergency Services Revolving Loan Program.
OFPC collects, compiles and disseminates information relating to fire and arson prevention and control; operates the State Information Management System; and is responsible for developing low ignition cigarette standards.
OFPC produces and distributes pamphlets and publications to help educate and bring awareness to the public on fire safety and prevention.
OFPC was originally organized into six Bureaus: Academy of Fire Science, Arson, Fire Prevention, Fire Services, Hazardous Materials and Special Services. Recently, the functions carried out by the six bureaus have been realigned and now the programs function within one of the following operational branches: Fire Inspections and Investigations Branch; Fire Operations and Training Branch; and Special Operations Branch.
A Brief History
The Office of Fire Prevention and Control began shortly after World War II as the Division of Fire Safety within the New York State Office for Local Government. Based upon lessons learned during the war, the Division was involved with developing and implementing the statewide mutual aid plan system, adopting statewide emergency radio frequencies and setting up the New York State Fire Training Program. In 1967, the Division began conducting annual fire safety inspections of all State University buildings. In 1978, the Division of Fire Safety became the Office of Fire Prevention and Control within the Department of State and New Yorks first State Fire Administrator was appointed.
In June of 2010, OFPC was moved from the Department of State to a newly created agency, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES). The Wireless 911 initiative was moved from OFPC and placed within a newly created office, Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications (OIEC), also within DHSES.From an original handful of staff fifty years ago, OFPC has grown many times over in its size, duties and responsibilities.
The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control strives to be the nationally recognized leader in fire services, delivering the highest quality, state of the art, and most comprehensive training, response, and technical assistance programs and services to emergency responders, local entities, and the citizens of New York State. The Office's programs enable: the state's fire service to become the best trained, well prepared and most effective professional emergency response force in the nation; New York State's colleges, universities, state properties and its citizens, to be the safest in regard to fire prevention and awareness; and the state to maintain arson related fires at the lowest per capita within the United States.
The Office of Fire Prevention and Control will deliver a wide breadth of services to firefighters, emergency responders, state and local government agencies, public and private colleges, and the citizens of New York. The Office advances public safety through firefighter training, education, fire prevention, investigative, special operations and technical rescue programs. The timely delivery of these essential services enables the Office to make significant contributions to the safety of all of New York State..
Bryant D. Stevens
State Fire Administrator
The members of OFPC are dedicated to the advancement of sound fire safety practices by all citizens of NY and increasing the effectiveness and proficiency of the State's fire service.
This website is part of these efforts and we trust that the information provided will assist all of us in achieving a more fire safe NY.