This intensive three-day program explores the most recent NFPA 1403 standard and applies the principles of the standard to the student’s ability to instruct live fire training in a safe environment. The course is delivered in a true blended learning approach using the online-learning system to prepare the candidate for the three day instructor led course.


Students must first complete an extensive online learning platform with several activities and pre-test. NFPA 1403 content will be discussed and demonstrated in hands-on live fire training evolutions at the host facility where skill checklists validate candidate performance. Candidates must meet all prerequisites as specified in NFPA 1403 Chapter 4 Section 4.3 to participate as students in this program.

Program Highlights:

  • Instructor responsibilities in operations of permanent gas fire and Class A combustible fueled live fire training structures
  • Creating and implementation of a sample pre-burn plan
  • Emergency planning and operations
  • Instructor and student pre-fire walk-through
  • Review and analyze relevant case studies
  • Working with students in fire conditions
  • Situational awareness during fire conditions
  • Fuel characteristics and safe loading
  • Participant PPE inspections
  • Review of current industry research involving live fire conditions
  • Application of duties to ignition officer, safety officer and instructor-in-charge

Program Overview

Reading Material (not provided with registration):

  • NFPA 1403 Standard on Live Fire Training, 2018 Version (required)
  • Live Fire Training: Principles & Practice to NFPA 1403, Second Edition (recommended)

Online Course Work

  • Approximately 16 hours of activities and examination
  • EVALS platform (log in information provided at time of registration)

Classroom and Practical:

  • Tour & operations in permanent gas fired and/or non-gas fired structural fire training props
  • Safety Planning
  • Emergency planning & operations (emergency egress, RIT, students/instructor rescue, emergency suppression)
  • Instructor & student pre-fire walk-through (purpose, content, instructor’s role)
  • Working with students in fire conditions (includes physical positioning, maneuvering in low visibility, observation of students for difficulties and/or unsafe behavior; teaching in the environment)
  • Situational awareness during fire operations (changes in fire dynamics and conditions, student behavior, operational issues such as complacency, compliance to safety plan)
  • Fuel characteristics & safe loading
  • Participant PPE inspections
  • Using the Training Plan (focuses on implementation not preparation of a plan & understanding and meeting training objectives)
  • Task Books: Sign off on skills completed during class

Live Fire Instructor: Fixed Facility

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COVID-19 Update

Due to concerns regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic, ISFSI is currently only scheduling classes in the United States. If you have questions regarding this program and its availability, please contact ISFSI Program Manager Suzanne Campbell at Suzanne.Campbell@isfsi.org.