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Ronnie DayAs Executive Director, I would like to thank you for your interest in the Kentucky Fire Commission and the fire service of Kentucky.  On behalf of our staff I would like to welcome you to this website.  I hope that the information you will find here will be helpful in expanding your career in the fire service.

As a part of Kentucky Community and Technical College System we are proud of our State Fire Rescue Training program, training firefighters not only in the Commonwealth, but across the Nation. We partner with federal, state, and local agencies to make your community safer. We continue to grow and expand our program due to the increasing demand of requirements for today's firefighters.

How we began

The Governor’s Commission on Fire Protection, Personnel, Standards and Education originated in 1972 with the passage of House Bill 64. It was funded in 1982 with the passage of House Bill 525, which later became KRS 95A. The Fire Commission is a 19-member commission appointed by the Governor.

Since 1972 the mission of the Kentucky Fire Commission and State Fire Rescue Training agencies has been to train and certify volunteer and career firefighters of Kentucky. In 1997 the Postsecondary Education Improvement Act was mandated bringing about the approval of our Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Fire/Rescue Science Technology.

In 2000, House Bill 631 was passed into legislation which brought the Kentucky Fire Commission to Kentucky Community and Techical College System (KCTCS). All Kentucky Fire Commission programs are now supported by all 16 Community and Technical Colleges.

Our degree program has the support of the Kentucky Fire Commission on Fire Protection, Personnel, Standards and Education and is based on standards and regulations provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA), International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA), Federal Department of Transportation, Kentucky Firefighters Association (KFA), Kentucky Professional Fire Fighters (KPFF) and the Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs (KAFC). Portions of the curriculum are affected by the Kentucky Emergency Medical Services Council and Kentucky Emergency Response Commission. Additional accreditation is provided through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

In the past five years we have had an average of more than 80,000 students per year enrolled within our State Fire Rescue Training Program.