The objectives of FSTS as specified in Section 20-31-103 MCA are to:
1. Provide fire service personnel with professional training
2. Identify new methods of fire prevention and suppression and disseminate information about them
3. Provide a resource center for use by local fire services
4. Provide testing and certification for personnel and apparatus
5. Coordinate fire services training in the state.
The mission of the FSTS is to build capacity in local governments for protecting the life safety of citizens, their property, the tax base and infrastructure from harm caused by unwanted fires, accidents, injuries, hazardous materials incidents and other emergencies.
Scope of Services and Philosophy
The FSTS serves all of Montana's fire departments, companies and districts. This audience
consists of an estimated 11,000 members in 467 fire companies, 96% of which are volunteers.
The FSTS develops and operates programs which make local government effective in their
mission of providing quality fire and rescue service to the public. FSTS supports
(a) "standard of care" operations,
(b) self-sustained training programs within local organizations,
(c) sharing of resources between organizations, and
(d) individual growth of emergency service personnel through training.
FSTS offices are now located in the Wheat Building, 750 6th Street Southwest, Great Falls, Montana. However, FSTS operates all over the state, utilizing the facilities, apparatus, and equipment of community fire services when providing training services. FSTS trainers are strategically located in Great Falls, Billings, Helena, Bozeman, Kalispell, Huson and Wolf Point. FSTS operates several mobile training props, all dedicated fire training structures are owned by communities.
FSTS works closely with its Advisory Council which is appointed by the Board of Regents. The Council is very active in providing direction for the School's programs, and its members are also involved in leadership roles with other organizations.