DFPC’s Professional Qualifications and Training Section provides educational offerings for Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Responder, Driver Operator, Fire Officer, Youth Firesetter Prevention, Fire and Life Safety Educator, and Fire Instructor programs. DFPC’s Professional Qualifications and Training Section is an educational institution with a short but rich history. The “Voluntary Certification Program for Firefighters” began on June 21, 1979, when House Bill 1243 was signed into law. In the early years, the Division of Fire Safety was a one-man operation. Dean Smith was hired as the original Director and implemented the very first firefighter certification testing program. Director Smith would take the exams home and he and his wife Joyce would sit at their kitchen table and hand grade exams.
The RTO group consists of the Training Unit Section Chief and four Regional Training Officers who are overseen by the PQT Unit Chief.
Regional Training Facility – Grand Junction