Participation in the SFFMA Certification Program is not a membership requirement, but is highly recommended. Benefits of participation include, but are not limited to, the following:
- For the department: increased availability of state and federal grant money.
- For the individual: volunteer firefighter license plates, a career track to full-time employment, and waiver of tuition/fees toward a degree in Fire Science.
- For the community: a possible reduction in homeowners’ insurance rates through improved ISO rating.
The State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA) offers your department the opportunity to track and apply your members’ training to a national standard. Our certifications cover NFPA objectives in a format easily managed on a part-time basis by the volunteer fire service.
The Certification Board realizes that your department’s members have other responsibilities and demands on their time. For this reason, the program allows an individual to spread the training over an extended period of time, rather than taking leave to attend full-time training.