OSFC COVID-19 Updates and Resources
This page was updated on 5/19/2021.
Status of Our Office
The Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) and the State Fire Academy (SFA) staff are teleworking to help prevent the spread of COVID 19.
Although responses may be delayed, we are doing our best to provide continued customer service during this time.
SFA is running a limited schedule of activities and interested parties should check the appropriate web pages for more information:
Local Educational Training Agencies (ETA) are making case-by-case decision on course delivery as directed by their agency leadership. Local ETAs have been encouraged to deliver live virtual lectures on the agency’s platforms. Contact your ETA for more information.
Grant and Loan Programs
For information regarding emergency funding for fire departments during the COVID-19 pandemic, our office is currently encouraging departments to contact the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Incident reports are still being imported and sent to NFIRS. Reporting information is being updated and is available on OSFC’s website.
Staff is available to answer questions or help with incident reporting. Please email OSFC's Christine Williams or Kraig Herman.
Training Guidance for Fire Departments
We encourage fire departments to continue training as needed/possible while following Governor Wolf’s and the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s directives on group size and social distancing. Many fire departments have begun delivering training via various online platforms such as Zoom or Skype.
Guidance from Commissioner Trego and Administrator Cook is available here (PDF).
Local Educational Training Agencies (ETA) are making case-by-case decisions on whether to hold classes as directed by their agency leadership. Local ETAs have been encouraged to deliver live virtual lectures on their agency’s platforms. Contact your local ETA for more information.
Events, Trainings, and Workshops Updates
2021 PA Weekend
The PA Weekend on July 31 and August 1 is planned to run as scheduled. See the PA Weekend web page for more information.
2021 State Fire Academy Local Level Instructor Professional Development
Stay tuned for details on Virtual Instructor Development opportunities.
Online Training Opportunities
Hazardous Materials Awareness
Hazardous Materials Awareness (PA-PSFA-Hazardous Materials Awareness; course number 1076417) can be completed online via TRAIN PA. Students will need an active TRAIN PA account or will need to create one.
Traffic Incident Management
Traffic Incident Management (PA-TIM Traffic Incident Management Training; course number 1082546) can be completed online via TRAIN PA. Students will need an active TRAIN PA account or will need to create one.
Required NIMS Training
Required National Incident Management System Training can be completed online via the National Fire Academy.
ICS-100 and ICS-700
As part of the Entry Level Fire Fighter curriculum, students are required to complete ICS-100 and ICS-700. Students will need a FEMA SID.
State Fire Academy Training and Certification Opportunities
We continue development of innovative methods to provide training and certification during COVID-19 response, and SFA is expediting the roll-out of the following in an online format:
- Introduction to the Emergency Services (Module 1)
- Fire Ground Support (Module 2)
- Hazardous Materials Operations – both initial and refresher classes
Certification staff is working to approve new test banks and review all processes for validity and adjust as needed.