The primary function of Fire Protection Publications is to publish and disseminate training manuals as proposed and validated by IFSTA. IFSTA committee members provide the technical review and validation of the manuals. Fire Protection Publications researches, acquires, produces, distributes, and markets high-quality learning and teaching manuals, as well as curricula and study guides that complement the IFSTA-validated manuals which are published under the FPP logo. FPP/IFSTA extends the knowledge and technology of the OSU to the state, the nation, and the world in fulfillment of the OSU land grant university mission of extension and outreach.
FPP also houses an extensive research division. This division secures external funding for projects that contribute to the body of knowledge of fire and emergency leadership and management and fire and life safety education. Recently, the research division has developed fire safety materials for target audiences that are at higher risk for fire death and injuries, specifically people with disabilities and young children. Partnerships are a vital mechanism for the research activities. Partners include Oklahoma ABLETech, the OSU Center for Early Childhood Teaching and Learning, the OSU Fire Protection and Safety Technology faculty and students, the OSU Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, the National Fallen Fighter Foundation, and the national Everyone Goes Home Initiative to reduce line of duty deaths (LODD).