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NFPA 1005 Marine Firefighter Certification Program in Tuscaloosa and around Alabama with Alabama Fire College (AFC)

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Established in 1955, Alabama Fire College (AFC) provides training for emergency responders, firefighters, and associated personnel. AFC was initially created by the Alabama State Legislature but prominent and widespread fire fighter training has been in existence in the state since 1935. Alabama Fire College campus, which consists of a main building housing administration offices, classrooms, and an apparatus bay, as well as an emergency medical services training complex as well as a drill tower and smoke building on the drill training pad.

AFC educational partnerships with the University of West Alabama, Baker College, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, and Jefferson State Community College to name a few. These colleges accept AFC courses for college credit which along with general college course work, lead to an Associate Degree in Fire Science. Each of these institutions offers one or more certificates and/or associate degree programs in such disciplines as fire science, EMS and homeland security. Several programs are completely online while others are web-supported.

The Fire College educates, trains, and certifies firefighting and emergency response personnel through a variety of courses at its campus in Tuscaloosa and around the state. When requested, the AFC provides training programs for the Department of Defense and industrial corporations as well.

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Location & Details: Alabama Fire College


Training Programs



Marine Firefighting Certification

  • Marine Fire Fighter I: This course is based on NFPA 1005, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Marine Fire Fighting for Land-Based Fire Fighter and may lead to IFSAC and Pro Board Certifications. The course is designed for individuals who respond to an incident and operate on a vessel while performing defensive and offensive functions inside the cold, warm, and hot zone on board a vessel. Emergency responders will learn how to identify and mitigate the many hazards associated with maritime domain. In addition, students will learn how to conduct emergency response planning at marine facilities, identify key vessel personnel, conduct a vessel inspection and discuss the many strategies and tactics fire fighters will use to control fires at marine facilities and onboard vessels.
  • Pre-Requisites: 18 years of age and high School diploma/or GED Candidate. Must have documented proof of Fire Fighter II certification (Pro Board or IFSAC)
  • Certification Requirements: To be issued certification as a Marine Fire Fighter I, the candidate must have the pre-requisite requirement documented on file at the Alabama Fire College, Testing Division; complete required training hours (minimum 40); Submit Instructional JPR Verification Sheet; written examination; and practical examination.