Recognizing the need for a fire service organization dedicated to firefighter training, the Oklahoma State Legislature passed House Bill 2372 in 2004 creating COFT. The legislature tasked COFT with four responsibilities:
1. Identify firefighter training needs and set training goals for the State of Oklahoma
2. Interact with the Department of Homeland Security on firefighter training and grants
3. Administer and maintain incentive and recognition programs for Oklahoma firefighters
4. Advise the Governor, Speaker, and President Pro Tempore on fire and emergency service training needs.