In 2019, the State Board of Fire Service (SBFS) and Statewide Training and Education Advisory Committee (STEAC) approved the State Fire Training (SFT) Fee Report (PDF) which outlined the need to adjust the fees for several SFT services. On September 3, 2020, these new fees were adopted into regulation and were filed with the Secretary of State, and became effective on January 1, 2021.
During these uncertain times, SFT acknowledges that the implementation of the new fees may seem inopportune. However, in 2016, several years before the pandemic crisis, SFT identified that program survivability warranted a review of the 2008 fees paid by stakeholders and began working on this fee adjustment project. SFT is a self-funded program; paid for by participant fees. SFT collects fees for services provided including course diplomas, applying for certification, taking certification exams, and Accredited Local Academy (ALA) and Accredited Regional Training Program (ARTP) accreditations, etc. SFT’s last fee adjustment was more than 11 years ago and in the years since 2008, SFT’s operating costs have increased within the day-to-day operations of the program; which include the increase in staffing, curriculum development, and the implementation and maintenance of the SFT User Portal.