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Virtual Firefighter Training Session Overview

Apr 21, 2020

Beginning April 10, 2020, the Kentucky Fire Commission began allowing for virtual training of firefighters. Please note that virtual training is different from direct online training (which are pre-posted training sessions available at any time), and that virtual training sessions are conducted in real-time.

UPDATE: APRIL 21, 2020 -- Calendar of Events Information & Requirements

(the latest on how to find dates for trainings and what you need in order to participate in the trainings; please bookmark this page as News & Events on our main homepage often get pushed down as more timely information comes along).

UPDATE: April 17, 2020 - Virtual Training Code of Conduct

In the performance of virtual training courses, the conduct of KCTCS/ Kentucky Fire Commission personnel, students, and associates should reflect our core values. KCTCS shall and promote academic excellence, academic freedom, workforce development, equal opportunity, overall achievement by:

  • Preserving the trust, respect, and confidence of our students, directors, employees, business and industry, communities, and the public in general.
  • Facilitating diversity in thought, culture, gender, and ethnicity.
  • Encouraging and developing effective leadership.
  • Acting with honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness.
  • Demonstrating respect, civility, and fairness for all stakeholders. 
  • Complying with applicable law, policy, regulation, and procedure.
  • Being accountable to our stakeholders for positive performance results.

The Kentucky Fire Commission/State Fire Rescue Training provides training to all Firefighters and Junior Firefighters within the Commonwealth and reserves the right to allow or dismiss any and all students from attendance of any course(s) which does not adhere to the above directive.


To:       Kentucky Fire Departments

From:   Larry Potter

Date:   April 8, 2020

Re:       Virtual Classrooms/Learning

Dear Fire Chief/Training Officer/Instructor:

The current COVID-19 global pandemic is an unprecedented threat to not only the public but to our first responders. Governor Beshear has declared a State of Emergency and taken proactive steps to implement aggressive social distancing measures to “flatten the curve” in order to keep Kentuckians safe and reduce the harm caused by this disease.

With the current directives and the uncertainty of time frame for a return to normalcy in our daily lives both at home and while on the job, it has become apparent that we must make accommodations to allow for the continued training of our fire department personnel.  The Kentucky Fire Commission and State Fire Rescue Training staff are actively involved daily with the Joint Operations Command at the State Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort along with holding internal virtual meetings to review current policies/procedures, plan for the future, and provide direction to the fire departments of the Commonwealth.

The Kentucky Fire Commission recognizes that virtual classrooms/learning/meetings have become the norm due to the current COVID-19 state of emergency.  There are several platforms from which your department may utilize, but not limited to, SKYPE, Outlook Teams, Zoom, Go-to-Meeting, and Google Classroom.  This directive shall be effective as of April 10th, 2020 and will stand effective until which time Governor Beshear rescinds the current State of Emergency.  At that time all training regulations, policies, and procedures will return to the currently approved manner or until additional review and approval by the Kentucky Fire Commission Board. Currently the Kentucky Fire Commission approves of virtual learning.

All virtual learning classes and/or training shall meet the following criteria:

  1. All classes/training shall be instructor-led.
  2. All classes/training shall have a proctor/monitor, not required to be an instructor, to ensure student participation.
  3. All classes/training shall be by virtual platform which allows for an individual video viewing of each attendee.
  4. All classes/training shall have a roster completed by the lead instructor and shall be made available to all attendees or the attendees department within 24 hours of the completion of the class.
  5. The proctor/monitor shall be responsible to complete a check of roster to attendees at the mid-point and end of the class to ensure continued participation throughout the class.
  6. All curriculum requirements remain in effect and shall be adhered to.
  7. It is recommended that visual aides be utilized during virtual training sessions including but not limited to Powerpoint, pictures, and other documents approved and provided by curriculum and product manufacturers.
  8. The classes are considered classroom learning, not online, since they are instructor led. This will allow the virtual learning classes to be entered for initial certification.


We understand these are difficult times for everyone and know that virtual learning is just another avenue that will allow Kentucky’s firefighters to continue improving their skills and knowledge in our quest to remain dedicated to the safety of our citizens and communities.

Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding virtual training.