Fire Prevention & Protection, Firefighter Training, Health & Safety

New certifications test fire equipment technicians

The International Code Council and the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (NAFED) are joining forces to develop new certifications for fire equipment technicians. The Code Council/NAFED Technician Certification Program combines the organizations’ technical and exam preparation expertise to meet industry standards for testing programs. When complete, the groups will offer Fire Extinguisher Technician certification and Pre-Engineered Fire Extinguishing Systems Technician certification.

To be sure that fire extinguishers serve the functions intended by the International Codes, it is necessary that they be maintained by qualified individuals. The new exams and joint certifications will be available July 1. All individuals currently certified by NAFED will receive new certificates with the Code Council and NAFED endorsement.

The International Code Council, a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states choose the International Codes, building safety codes developed by the International Code Council.

NAFED was established in 1963 with the mission of continuously improving the economic environment, business performance, and technical competence in the fire protection industry.