Establish professional standards for fire service personnel, and curriculum requirements for the certification of training programs.
- Provide relevant standards adoption through review process.
- Ensure that existing standards are updated to latest revisions.
|Mission Results||Core Services|
|A: Result - Professional certification for firefighters in Alaska.|
|A1: Core Service - Provide relevant standards adoption through review process.|
Target #1: Adopt and/or develop one additional training standard annually for use in Alaska
Number of Adopted Training Standards
Analysis of results and challenges: The Council did not adopt any new training standards during FY2020. Although the adoption of new standards is a high priority, the Council is focused on the review of fire standards for appropriateness in the Alaska certification process. National and locally developed standards are the basis for each level of certification and are revised every three to five years. A single standard can contain multiple levels of certification.
The number of previously adopted new standards increased service support for maintaining existing standards, and the Council has fewer targets for future adoption of new standards. The target datum shows that the Council capacity to adopt two standards annually decreased and this target was reduced to one in FY2016. The revised standards have yet to be reviewed by the Council. In FY2020 this target was not met because the Council did not identify additional standards that it could implement for professional qualifications in Alaska.
|A2: Core Service - Ensure that existing standards are updated to latest revisions.|
Target #1: Review and update 20% of existing standards annually
Number of Reviewed/Updated Training Standards
Analysis of results and challenges: The Council adopted 14 revised certification standards during FY2020. The goal of reviewing and updating existing standards annually by 20% was met.
Since FY2013, the Council met its overall goal to revise 100% of previously adopted standard with a five year cycle. The Council facilitated the standards review process with additional administrative assignments for conducting reviews in support of cyclical revisions to national standards result in multiple updates during some years and none in others. Administrative staff was actively involved in the national accreditation process to ensure the Council maintains compliance with current fire standards and nationally accredited certification programs. Standard revisions can contain multiple levels of certification.
National standards are revised on a three to five year schedule with varying annual dates for each standard. Target datum indicates that previous measurement adjustments to 20% annually may reduce the annual spectrum of variance and better align to the national standards revision cycle. However, multiple standards in the national standards revision process are within the same annual cycle resulting in variances that limited the Council's ability to process specific target percentages within FY2020.
Current as of November 13, 2020