Yes, most courses have prerequisites. They can be found in the course listing, or in the case of OFPC courses, listed in the OFPC Training Catalog. All NYS OFPC training courses require a Training Authorization Letter signed by the department chief on the first unit of the course.
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Yes, registration is now mandatory for all Madison County Emergency Management courses, including fire service, EMS or emergency management courses, unless otherwise noted. All OFPC courses have stated minimum and maximum class sizes, based on safety and the requirements of the course. Mandatory registration provides planners with situational awareness to determine if additional promotion is needed to garner interest or a heavy registration will indicate whether additional courses should be scheduled.
Requests for county or state training are directed to your fire chief. He/she will then discuss requests with the county fire coordinator. If there is enough interest the fire coordinator will schedule a course with OFPC, or in the case of county training, with the county fire instructors. Be sure to regularly visit the training website for updates on training opportunities.