In mid 2020, the NC Fire and Rescue Certification Board approved a training option that will allow full ISO credit for volunteers that successfully complete the Fire Officer level 1 certification course. That training credit is the NC Office of State Fire Marshal TRD0070 – Volunteer Fire Officer ISO 580C . The Fire Officer Level 1 certification prerequisite of three (3) years certified Firefighter and Instructor level 1 certified are not required to gain the Volunteer Fire Officer ISO 580C training credit. This is an ISO points eligible training program without an actual state certification. It is the full Fire Officer 1 class.
This credit gives Fire Departments the availability to train their volunteer fire officers to a NFPA 1021 based program, while gaining credit toward ISO credit, and also provides an option to the accredited Fire Officer Certification Program.
Expect to see more information from the OSFM in the near future as this new option rolls out. Fire Officer 1 is frequently offered at regional schools and at many departments across the state.