AFSI formally approves plan establishing Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence
Published: 4/18/2010
Author: Arizona Fire Chiefs Association

Fire Training and Certification Programs scheduled to resume in May.  

On April 14th, 2010, The Arizona Fire Services Institute took the next step in reinstating the fire service training and certification processes for the state by approving and adopting the business plan for the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence as proposed by the Arizona State Fire Training Committee. The business plan will be managed on a day-day basis by the ASFTC under the designation of AzCFSE

The goal of the program as outlined in the business plan is to be financially self sufficient through fees and other revenue streams. In the meantime, in order to begin operations, start up funding will be provided jointly by the Arizona State Fire Training Committee and the member organizations of AFSI.

A workgroup has been assembled to draft an operations plan which will be presented to AFSI at their May meeting. Business operations are scheduled to begin on May 3rd utilizing contract personnel to help implement and manage the plan.

Office space and infrastructure support for the staff will be provided by Avondale Fire-rescue and Chief Paul Adams of Avondale will function as the Chief operating Officer of AzCFSE. Preliminary operations will include contacting those programs, organizations and individuals who have been left in limbo over the last several months as a result of training operations being suspended by the state, and coordinating whatever activities are necessary to complete those processes. State Fire Marshal Bob Barger has been designated by AFSI to represent them as the State Fire Training Director which reestablishes the Arizona Fire Service relationship status with the National Fire Academy with respect to Outreach training, grants, TRADE (Training Resource and Data Exchange) programs

In addition, the backlog of Instructor application packets has been cleared up. The packets have been reviewed by the AFCA Training Section Instructor Evaluation Committee. Candidates who have been approved by the committee will be issued their authorization letter within the next 15 days from the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence. Those applicants that have not been approved will be contacted to let them know the status of their applications and what additional information is needed in order to complete their approval process.

Attached is the approved Business Plan and the organizational structure under which the Arizona State Fire Training and certification process will resume.

Anyone who has questions about state training programs and/or the Annual Arizona State Fire School can go to or contact Chief Paul Adams at or Ron Dennis at

Business Plan

Organizational Structure


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