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Changing Lives Through Public Safety Education, Training and Certification

About the Fire & Public Safety Academy

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The Indiana Fire & Public Safety Academy is an education and training subdivision of the Division of Fire & Building Safety, under the Indiana State Fire Marshal and established as an institution for public safety education, training and advanced studies for Indiana's fire department personnel and volunteers; emergency medical services personnel; telecommunicators; emergency management personnel and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives personnel in the areas of fire prevention; enforcement of fire safety laws; firefighting; emergency medical services and other areas of public safety.

The Academy was also created to establish inspection training requirements for members of volunteer fire companies and to certify individuals who meet those requirements. The Academy collaborates with public safety boards and commissions in the state to establish criteria for certification and credentialing of public safety personnel.

The Academy is led by an administrator and has two subsections: (1) Fire Training and Certifications and (2) Public Safety.


Academy No Longer Accepting Walk-Ins

The Academy has moved to by-appointment-only for fire certifications (no walk-ins). Please email firecertifications@dhs.in.gov or call 1-800-666-7784 to set up an appointment. If your Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) has cancelled or changed your work schedule causing you to change dates of a course or exam, email firecertifications@dhs.in.gov with the course ID and dates needing to be changed.
Note: The Indiana Government Center-South building is still closed. Notice will be given when public access is reallowed.

Recent Updates

The Acadis Portal is the hub for online fire training and certifications.

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Use this list to find what courses or certifications are needed before registering for a course.

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Fire Certifications

Fire Training

Specialized Public Safety Trainings

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The Academy offers specialized trainings in the areas of emergency medical services, emergency management, radioactive materials and more. Contact firetraining@dhs.in.gov to suggest the Academy host a special training on a particular public safety topic.


Get Alarmed Smoke Alarm Program

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The IDHS Get Alarmed program works closely with service providers and fire departments to distribute smoke alarms to Indiana residents at no cost, thanks to a federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant. For more information, visit the Get Alarmed page.

Board of Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education

The Board of Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education (BFPSE) establishes the rules and regulations for voluntary training for fire service and, for some specialized training, non-fire service personnel in Indiana including deciding criteria for certification of firefighters at different levels of education within the state. The board responds to variance requests and other issues at its monthly meetings. Visit the Board of Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education for more information, such as recent meeting minutes.