The Indiana Fire Instructors Association, Inc. was established in 1948 at Purdue University by an ad-hoc group of fire department training officers and instructors. It was originally the Indiana Certified Fire Instructors Association.

The IFIA is a non-profit corporation under Indiana statutes and accepts membership from anyone actively engaged in instruction related to Fire Prevention, Fire Protection, Fire Safety and Public Fire Safety Education. This involves career, industrial, volunteer firefighters and educators.

The IFIA’s Mission

The mission of the  Indiana Fire Instructors Association is to provide cutting-edge fire service education to fire service students and educators across Indiana and the world by using the newest and finest in instructional development and design.  Our primary research interests are the science of educating fire service students across varying backgrounds, educational levels, and departments served.

About Your Colleagues

JOHN SHAFER is a 25-year veteran of the fire service and is currently Chief of Training & Safety at the Washington Township/Avon Fire Department.  John is a recognized instructor who has traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada delivering specialized training programs on Building Construction, Fireground Search, Fire Behavior, Firefighter Safety, and the Close the Door initiative.  He has taught nationally at FDIC, Firehouse World, and Firehouse Expo.  He is the current President of the Indiana Fire Instructors Association.

John has not only authored fire service training material online, but also wrote a chapter titled Search for Suburban Fire Tactics (Pennwell Books) and was a Technical Reviewer and Contributor for the following fire service textbooks: Evidence-Based Practices for Strategic and Tactical Firefighting (Jones & Bartlett), Principles of Fire Behavior and Combustion, 4th edition (Jones & Bartlett), and Brannigan’s Building Construction for the Fire Service, 5th edition (Jones & Bartlett.)

JEREMIAH COOK is a 12-year veteran of the fire service from Indianapolis, Indiana.  In addition to serving as a line firefighter, lieutenant, and EMS coordinator, Jeremiah has over 20 years experience in distributed education technology which he leverages to provide cutting-edge fire service education to students throughout the state.  He pioneered the current Instructor I hybrid delivery program and currently works at Indianapolis EMS as an information technology engineer and adjunct instructor.   He is Technology Director for the Indiana Fire Instructors Association.


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P.O. Box 10
Zionsville, Indiana 46077
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