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Effective May 5th, 2017, all Fire and Rescue students are required to sign in with an NCID to access Student Fire & Rescue Commission/Training Transcripts and Certifications, and to Register for Qualification Regional Registration. Please go to OSFM 24 for directions and links to log in to this system.


Certification and Training - NC Marine Fire Fighting

Traffic Incident Management (TIMS)

Course Description

NOTE: TIMS is not a certification. TIMS is required for all certifications. (with the exception of Chief 101.)

FIP 7000 Traffic Incident Management Recommended Hours - 4

This course is designed to establish the foundation for and promote consistent training of all responders to achieve the three objectives of the TIM National Unified Goal: responder safety; safe, quick clearance from incidents; and prompt, reliable, interoperable communications. This course will familiarize fire and rescue personnel with the purpose of the Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP 2) and National TIM (Traffic Incident Management) Responder Training Program and how it relates specifically to North Carolina. Participants will learn to recognize and identify the dangers encountered by emergency responders working in or near traffic.

Course management details:

Credit for TIMS must come from the Delivery Agencies via FIP 7000

The NC Fire and Rescue Commission TIMS program (FIP 7000) will be the only TIMS course that will be accepted. TIMS FIP 7000 must be taught by a Fire and Rescue Instructor Level 2 who is qualified to teach Technical Rescuer, Fire Fighter or Driver Operator certification programs. (NCDOT, NFA, etc. programs will not be accepted.)

No prior credit or will be accepted.

Course content will be available via the OSFM website.

TIMS "will not" be delivered via on-line or hybrid delivery.

North Carolina Marine Fire Fighting for Land Based Firefighters Certification

In a continued effort to reduce fire loss in the State of North Carolina, the State Legislature established General Statute 58-78-5.14b, which requires the State Fire and Rescue Commission to establish voluntary minimum professional qualifications for all levels of fire and rescue service personnel.

The standard for Marine Fire Fighting for Land Based Firefighters Certification is considered to be a minimum standard and the Fire & Rescue Commission fully recognizes that, due to differing requirements, many fire departments may set forth standards much higher than these for their personnel. It is the intent, however, that through a voluntary program, personnel who provide firefighting services to the communities of our state, will meet or exceed this standard.

Performance Standard

NFPA 1005, Standard for Marine Firefighting for Land-Based Firefighters Professional Qualification, Chapter 4, 2014 edition, will be the performance standard used.



Age Requirements

Student must be 18 years of age before certification as a Marine Firefighter can be issued. Training and course completion may begin prior to the student’s 18th birthday but certification cannot be issued until the student’s eighteen birthday. The candidate must meet the requirements of the standard in place at the time of his/her birthday even though he/she may have been working toward a previous standard.

Must be a resident of the state of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, or Georgia.

Education Requirements

Must have a high school diploma or equivalent recognized by the State Department of Public Instruction (i.e. G.E.D.).

Medical Requirements

Submission of a medical form is not required for certification. Medical requirements/examinations are the responsibilities of the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).

NFPA 1582, Standard for Medical Requirements for Fire Service Personnel is recommended.

Re-certification Requirements

Recertification is not required.


NFPA 1001, Firefighter II

Required Classes

Required Classes for Marine Firefighter Recommended Hours
FIP 5580 Marine Firefighter (combination series) 34 hours
Individual Courses
FIP 5582 Fire Control Systems 3 hours
FIP 5583 Marine Environment 3 hours
FIP 5584 Planning 16 hours
FIP 5585 Victim Removal 12 hours

Firefighter Certification Books/Resources

IFSTA Marine Firefighting for Land-Based Firefighters, 1st Edition.

Marine Firefighter Instructor Qualification Requirements

Marine Firefighter Certification for 5 years.

Complete Indoc Course and Q School.

Marine Firefighter Instructor Re-Qualification Requirements

Must take re-qualification class every 5 years or as the standard is rewritten.