The International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) was established in 1934. The mission of IFSTA is to identify areas of need for training materials and foster the development and validation of training materials for the fire service and related areas. IFSTA is an association of fire service personnel who are dedicated to upgrading fire fighting techniques and safety through training.
The IFSTA Validation Conference is held each July. Committees of technical experts meet and work at the conference addressing the current standards of the National Fire Protection Association and other standards-making groups as they apply to IFSTA-validated manuals. These committees also meet in January and throughout the year as necessary. These technical experts review all manual drafts and verify that the contents are valid. Committee members are all volunteers who participate because of a commitment to the fire service and its future through training.
Coronavirus Update: It is not practical to hold the 2020 Metro Conference in Pittsburgh on June 6-10, 2020 as planned. Therefore, the 2020 Metro Conference is cancelled. Additional details will be forthcoming. Please be patient, as this decision has placed an unprecedented burden on the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire staff, who, like all other Metro departments, are also dealing with the COVID-19 issues.
Wishing everyone the best through these trying times.