IFSTA Validation Committees

Written for Firefighters by Firefighters!

This is not simply an advertising slogan – It is the way that International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) manuals have been written and validated for 80 years. In order to product new and revised IFSTA manuals, a collaborative effort is required between the staff members at Oklahoma State University’s Fire Protection Publications (FPP) and members of the IFSTA validating committee assigned to that project.

IFSTA committee members are subject-matter experts from all areas of the fire industry who provide assistance in reviewing and approving draft chapters for new manuals. Committee members also provide assistance in obtaining research materials, photographs, and other information needed to produce a finished manual. Committees typically complete their work in a one to two year time frame, during which two to four in-person and several electronic web-based meetings may be held. Meetings held in conjunction with the July IFSTA Validation Conference are attended at the member’s own expense. Committee members may be reimbursed by FPP for transportation and lodging expenses for the IFSTA Winter Meeting.


Participating in the IFSTA validation process is a personally and professionally rewarding experience. We hope that you will give strong consideration to helping us continue the tradition of firefighters writing manuals for firefighters!

IFSTA Committee Member Responsibilities

Fire service professionals who accept the invitation to participate on an IFSTA validation committee will be expected to provide technical advice on the content of the manual and technical review of the materials written by staff members of the Fire Protection Publications. Prior to the committee’s first meeting, members will be sent information on the scope of the work to be performed and a suggested outline for the new manual. At the first meeting, the committee will finalize the manual’s outline and may begin review of draft chapters. Draft chapters are typically sent to committee members at a rate of one or two per month. Members should expect to spend two to five hours reviewing each chapter. Members must reply with their comments on the chapters in writing within three to four weeks of reviewing each chapter. Continued participation in the process is contingent on meeting assigned deadlines.

FPP staff members compile all the comments received for each chapter. The comments are reviewed and acted upon by the committee as a whole at future committee meetings. These meetings typically range from one to three days. When all the issues in a given chapter are settled, that chapter is considered finished. The process is continued until all chapters in the manual have been addressed. At that time, the committee is dismissed and FPP staff members complete the publishing of the manual.