The International Association of Fire Chiefs released the 2nd Edition of the Officer Development Handbook in 2011. A dedicated group of Utah fire service professionals reviewed the new handbook and have now incorporated its provisions for the Supervising Fire Officer level into a proposed recognition program for Utah fire professionals seeking a coherent and attainable guide to career advancement.
Certification as a Fire Officer shows that a person has met the minimum standard as set by the NFPA while this new program lays out a more optimum standard. The program recognizes training, education, certification, and experience related to the job of a company officer. It also identifies resources available to Utah firefighters to attain the designation.
The concept is that a person’s ability to perform well as an officer is dependent on more than a passing score on a test. Capability is built by years of varied and quantifiable learning and growing experiences. New firefighters can use the program to map out a path for career advancement and departments can use it for promotional qualifications. Found below is current news about the implementation of the program as well as documents that are being proposed as the basis for the recognition program.