Contract Instructor Program - Kansas Fire & Rescue Training

Fire instructor connecting a water hose to the fire truck

Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute

Instructor Qualification Program Overview

Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute aspires to be the best of fire service instruction and so strives to utilize instructors who represent the best of the best. The following characteristics, taken and modified from Fire Service Training, Ohio Trade and Industrial Education Service (1962) are the kind of characteristics Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute expects to see demonstrated by instructors.

  • Instructors must be available to instruct.
  • Instructors are dependable. Assignments will be carried out to the best of their ability.
  • Instructors present with a good appearance and are well-groomed and professional.
  • Instructors have a pleasant personality.  They are courteous and understanding.
  • Instructors are interested in the job of firefighting and instructing others.
  • Instructors must have initiative.
  • Instructors must be cool, level-headed, and be able to use common sense.
  • Instructors must have an aptitude for training and learning.
  • Instructors should have leadership ability.
  • Instructors must be in good health and condition to perform the essential function of fire service instruction.

Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute instructors must adhere to high ethical standards. The training instructor is vested by the public with a trust requiring professionalism. The public expects towering competence from the fire service, and this is facilitated by the instructor during training.  This Instructor Code of Professional Conduct indicates the minimum ethical standards required of instructors associated with Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute.  This list is not exhaustive but provides general guidance.  Instructors:

  1. Create a positive learning environment for all students.
  2. Treat all students with dignity and respect.
  3. Manage safety and mitigate risk within the training environment.
  4. Promote an environment free of inappropriate racial, ethnic, religious, political, or sexual comments or jokes.
  5. Are prudent in their use of language.
  6. Maintain student’s privacy and confidentiality (FERPA).
  7. Teach courses to meet the course objectives and learning outcomes set by KFRTI.
  8. Keep up to date on the topics they are registered to teach.
  9. Report to KFRTI any negative or harmful classroom dynamics that occurred during the delivery of a KFRTI class.
  10. Always support the mission of KFRTI and serve as a positive ambassador of KFRTI.


The following are the minimum qualifications necessary to be considered as a contract instructor with Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute:

  • IFSAC and/or Pro Board NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor I certification
  • IFSAC and/or Pro Board Certification in the subject(s) to be taught, if applicable.
  • Successful Completion of Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute Training Methodology: Best Practices in Firefighter Instructors workshop/continuing education (CE)*
  • Demonstrated willingness to stay apprised of current, relevant NIST data and evolving best practices for subject areas
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience as a full-time firefighter; or 3 years of experience as an active volunteer firefighter
  • Good references: one professional, one character reference.
  • Physical ability to perform the tasks associated with the training.
  • Preferred: one year instructing, coaching, and/or teaching experience in personal, civic, religious, and/or professional contexts.
  • Preferred: college coursework, NFA coursework, certification courses through Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute or another state fire training program.

*Will be offered upon acceptance into Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute Instructor Cadre


If you would like to become a KFRTI Contract Instructor, complete the following process:

  • Visit to review the following documents:

    • KFRTI Training Methodology Document for Instructors
    • KFRTI Instructor Program Criteria
    • KFRTI Contract Instructor Application
    • KFRTI Contract Instructor Master Service Agreement
    • KFRTI Instructor Authorization Form
    • KFRTI Strategic Plan Report
  • Visit to complete the KFRTI Contract Instructor Application
    • Include appropriate documentation to support qualifications
  • Complete the KFRTI Contract Instructor Master Service Agreement
  • Return these items to Erin McGruder at your convenience.  

Do not be discouraged if you don’t have all the credentials requested. Submit your application as complete as possible. KFRTI will evaluate application data to develop professional development opportunities. KFRTI strives to improve our instructors and curriculum together to ensure our students receive the best that we can offer them.

If you have questions about the Contract Instructor program, please contact:

Erin McGruder
Instructional Program Manager