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 Certification Office Update
  ADO Standard changes 4-6" to 6-12"
Certification Council approved changing ADO Skill 7A, 7B. In the new standard, the distance of the ladder to the roof should
be changed from 4-6" to 6-12". If you are sharing your apparatus, we recommend departments send a representative on site to watch the use of the apparatus. The change adds a layer of safety.
Policy Updates
Updates to policy 2.21 include verbiage that “Department Testers” must be at the level of chief or training officer or approved by the program manager or Certification Council (i.e., administrative assistants will no longer be able to administer a written department test). Also, department testers will need to stay informed of any updates by attending tester seminar at least once every two years. No compensation will continue for department testers. Department testers will continue to test only written exams.
Section 14-Certification Testers was updated to include three levels of certification testers:
• Level I—Assistant Certification Tester
• Level II—Lead Certifi- cation Tester
• Level III—Senior Lead Certification Tester
Level I—Assistant Certification Testers must complete six skills exam test sites, one as an observer and at least five as an Assistant Certification Tester before they may be allowed to administer a test site as a Lead Certification Tester, Level II. Testers will reach Level III—Senior Lead Certification Tester when they have been a lead tester for 10 consecutive years with a good evaluation record. Level
III was added for internal use and scheduling needs.
A new 14.15—Train-the-Tester was added to inform qualified, skilled testers of the new skill updates for Technical Rescue, Fire Investigator, and Live Fire skills exams and any other future needs.
Scheduling Written and Skills Exams. Con- tinue to work with your certification specialist with the order of written and skills testing. Written exams are most often conducted
two hours before the skills exam, except for Instructor I, Inspector, and Officer I. Train- ing Officers: if you need to modify this order, please contact your area certification specialist at least 10 days prior to the exam date.
New Updated Standards Coming Soon!
The Technical Rescue Standard is in the pro- cess of being separated into individual stan- dards for each subject. Our goal is to imple- ment the following new updated standards in September 2022.
• Water Rescue: Surface Water, Swiftwater, and Ice Rescue
• Vehicle Extrication: New Com- mon Passenger Vehicle Rescue and Heavy Vehicle Rescue
• Wildland Firefighter I & II • Fire Investigator I
Trench Rescue and Rope Rescue may be avail- able in October. Confined Space, Structural Collapse, and Machinery will be reviewed winter 2022/2023.
Note: Technical Rescue NFPA 1006 has been updated to offer three levels of certification: Awareness, Operations, and Technician. Be aware of the prerequisites for operations and technician levels noted in the new standards.
Chapter 5 has been removed from the new NFPA 1006 2021 edition. Rope Rescue is the new Chapter 5. The new technical rescue levels (Awareness, Operations, and Techni- cian) do not require the old chapter 5. If you complete the old technical rescue levels I & II,
then you need to complete the old chapter 5, until all the old technical rescue levels are transitioned out completely. Please call the Certification Office at 801-863-7709 if you have any questions.
Reminder: Passing an Exam
When a candidate has successfully completed the written and skills “Spot Check” examina- tions and/or any other required documents, the participating agency must submit a Certifi- cation/Recertification Request form, found on our website, www.uvu.edu/ufra/certification/.
If the Certification/Recertification Request form has not been received by the Certifica- tion Office, the test results will be held for three years. At the end of the three years, the results are void. Please do not procrastinate.
As certifications are valid for only a three-year period, please remember to recertify with the Certification/Recertification request form as well. Recertification is for an additional three- year period. To know when your certifications expire, see our lookup system at www.uvu.edu/ ufra/lookup/.
Why doesn’t UFRA administration issue the certification without a request form?
Each department is responsible for tracking training records, prerequisites, testing, exam results (pass/fail), and submitting certifica- tion requests. Due to the hundreds of requests received throughout the state, we have a process in place to verify certifications are issued—when requests
are received.
Thanks for your patience as we strive to pro- cess each one promptly. We appreciate you!
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