IFSTA Validation Committees

Written for Firefighters by Firefighters!

This is not simply an advertising slogan – It’s the way IFSTA manuals have been written and validated for over 85 years. In order to produce new and revised IFSTA manuals, a collaborative effort is required between staff members at Fire Protection Publications (FPP) Oklahoma State University and members of the IFSTA validation committee assigned to that project.

IFSTA committee members are subject-matter experts from all areas of the fire and emergency services industry who provide assistance in reviewing and approving draft chapters for new and revised IFSTA 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 committee member’s own expense. Committee members may be reimbursed by FPP for transportation and lodging expenses for the IFSTA Winter Meetings.

IFSTA is currently seeking members for two new committees that will begin their work at the 2020 IFSTA Winter Meeting to be held in Oklahoma in January, 2020. The new committees will be:

  • Essentials of Fire Fighting, 8th edition
  • Principles of Vehicle Extrication, 5th edition

Individuals with interest in this topic are encouraged to apply. Please fill out the attached application form and return it to
IFSTA/FPP no later than June 30, 2019
. All applicants will be notified of the disposition of their application on or around August 1, 2019. You may also fill out the application online at Ifsta.org.

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!


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IFSTA Committee Member Responsibilities

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 FPP staff members. 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 manual. At the first meeting the committee will finalize the manual’s outline and may begin review of draft chapters. Continued participation in the process is contingent on meeting assigned deadlines.

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 in writing within three to four weeks of reviewing each chapter. When all the issues in a given chapter are settled, that chapter is considered finished. The process continues until all chapters in the manual have been addressed. After approval by the IFSTA Executive Board the manual is accepted as validated by the IFSTA membership.



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