October 4, 2013 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced that Ontario, Canada will transition from the Ontario Fire Service Standards to NFPA Pro-Qual Standards in 2014. Ontario firefighters will be able to achieve National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) certification that meets the requirements of NFPA standards.
The Pro Board was created 1990 to establish an internationally recognized means of acknowledging professional achievement in the fire service and related fields. The Pro Board accredits organizations that use NFPA professional qualification standards to develop training programs for uniform members of public fire departments, both career and volunteer. Graduates are recognized as being competent and Pro Board Certified in a particular skill.
“The leadership demonstrated by the Ontario Fire Marshal and members of his staff has been instrumental in improving the professionalization process for Ontario’s fire service for many years,” said Don Bliss, NFPA vice president of Field Operations. “The latest move to adopt the NFPA Pro-Qual Standards in 2014 is testament to Ontario’s commitment to continually improve fire safety in the province and its commitment to the professional development of the men and women who serve to protect it.”
NFPA Pro-Qual Standards will recognize job experience, education and work completed in Ontario Fire College Diploma programs. The change is intended to provide a more consistent learning experience for students, establish a modernized process, and meet the requirements of governing legislation of the province, the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997.
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