Fire Service Training Bureau

97th Annual State Fire School

97th Annual State Fire School

97th Annual State Fire School Brochure/Registration

The FSTB is excited to distribute the 2021 Annual State Fire School brochure!  As you read through it, you will notice many new and hands-on training classes for this year’s event.  We are offering many classes within several emergency response disciplines, including structural and vehicle firefighting, search and rescue, RIT, technical rescue, EMS, hazardous materials, fire investigation, and several others.  We hope to see you in Ames this July 17-18, 2021.  Register now to reserve your seat for Fire School!


Introducing new FSTB emblem


Check out the live video of the Grand Opening Ceremony on our Facebook page

To view and download the FSTB Grand Opening Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony photos

To view Iowa National Guard photos

To view Des Moines Register Coverage



Fire Service Training Bureau Chief John Kraemer image welcoming visitors to the new website.

The Fire Service Training Bureau is designated by statute to be the State Fire Academy.  We have been training Iowa’s firefighters and other emergency service responders since 1923.  We are home to the second-longest continually running annual state fire school in the nation. 

The Bureau coordinates and instructs many basic and advanced level courses at our facility and also locally across the state in the subject matter areas of firefighting, hazardous materials, vehicle extrication, technical rescue, instructor development, officer development, fire prevention, traffic incident management (TIMS), and fire investigation, to name just a few.  We also offer multiple National Fire Academy direct-delivery courses annually. 

We are accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and are authorized to issue the following certifications following completion of the respective training class and both written and practical skills examinations: 

Firefighter 1 Driver/Operator - Pumper Fire Officer 1
Firefighter 2 Driver/Operator - Aerial Fire Officer 2
Hazardous Material - Awareness Fire & Emergency Services Instructor 1 Fire Inspector 1
Hazardous Materials - Operations Fire & Emergency Services Instructor 2 Fire Investigator 

In addition to our facility having on-site training grounds to conduct live-fire training evolutions, we have multiple mobile training props that can be requested to be delivered for local community-based training. 

Our mission is to “establish credibility in providing quality education, training, certification, and professional consultation to Iowa’s fire service and other emergency responders in a manner that reflects commitment, integrity, and contributes to the reduction of morbidity, mortality, and property loss from fire and other hazards.” 

We hope you find this site useful in navigating to the different pages describing our History, Field Programs, Certification/Accreditation Program, and Special Programs

If you should have any questions or need additional information, please go to the “Contact Us” page to locate our physical address and telephone numbers. 

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