Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Fire Training

Training Responsibilities

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Service's Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) plans, develops, coordinates and provides training to more than 30,000 firefighters, related governmental officers and other emergency response personnel annually; initiates certified training and instructor development for minimum standards; operates the Senator Frederick L. Warder Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, New York; develops and revises training courses; develops and delivers programs to combat arson; and provides support to the Firefighting and Code Enforcement Personnel Standards and Education Commission.

The office also maintains training records and a videotape library, develops student workbooks, administers instructor development programs, and operates one of the most extensive fire science libraries in the country. Training is now offered in two categories — residential programs and outreach programs.

Residential Programs:

Registration and Fees

Courses in the residential program are conducted at the Senator Frederick L. Warder Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, Schuyler County, New York. On-site programs at the Academy train approximately 4,500 students annually, including fire administrators and officers, skilled instructors and competent technical personnel.

The Academy of Fire Science offers courses in many areas including hazardous materials, arson investigation and general fire service training. The general fire service training areas include fire suppression, technical rescue, fire equipment maintenance, incident command, fire instructor development, fire officer development, firefighter health and safety, dispatcher training, emergency medical technician (EMT), EMT refresher, and EMT pilot core material training. State sponsored National Fire Academy (NFA) courses are also available.

Outreach Programs:

Program Listing

The OFPC outreach program consists of courses that are taught locally and regionally in county training facilities, firehouses and other suitable sites. County Fire Coordinators and municipal training officers designated by OFPC are responsible for scheduling the courses and students must register with them to enroll in an outreach course.

To find out the dates courses are being offered, contact your local County Fire Coordinator.

The faculty consists of fire service personnel trained annually by state fire instructors, municipal training officers, county fire instructors and OFPC Fire Protection Specialists.

Attendance at state sponsored outreach training courses are restricted to personnel within the following categories:

  • Career firefighters assigned by their fire department.
  • Other career emergency service personnel as assigned by their agencies.
  • Active volunteer firefighters who are covered under the Volunteer Firefighters Benefit Law (VFBL).
  • Employees of related private and commercial organizations who have adequate worker's compensation.