The Educational and Operational Support Branch (EOSB) handles the administrative functions of the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. EOSB is responsible for the scheduling oversight of outreach training programs and the residential training schedule at the New York State (NYS) Academy of Fire Science, and the processing of payroll for all of the State Fire Instructors. The EOSB manages the National Fire Incident Reporting System program, the Training Information Management System, the Fire Resource Inventory System, the Emergency Services Revolving Loan program, the Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Services Recruitment and Retention Grant Program, and the physical plant and administration of the NYS Academy of Fire Science, including residential lodging rooms and meals. In addition, EOSB manages of the OFPC website, creates and supervises production of fire safety bulletins and general information for both the fire service and public as well as internal administrative documents, and coordinates and manages the annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial ceremony.
Training Standards and Certifications
This section is responsible for administrating both state and national fire services standards. Most fire service standards in New York State are voluntary; with the exception of the required training for career firefighters during probation, in-service and promotion as outlined in section 158. In addition, the Standards and Certification section works closely with the career fire department Municipal Training Officers (MTO) in the development and testing of probationary firefighters as well as in-service firefighter training programs.
OFPC is accredited by the National Professional Qualifications Board (Pro Board) to certify emergency service personnel in 17 nationally recognized fire service standards. The Standards and Certification section administers national certification examinations across New York State to over 1,300 emergency service professionals annually. National certification and credentialing continues to expand as state and local agencies strive to meet the objectives through the National Incident Management System (NIMS).