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Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles

On November 2, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Kidde issued a safety recall regarding Kidde’s Plastic Handle Portable Fire Extinguishers.  The recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017. More...   Consumer Product Safety Commission - Recall Number: 18-022

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Dennis Mathisen Appointed State Fire Marshal

Dennis Mathisen was appointed as the State Fire Marshal of CAL FIRE-Office of the State Fire Marshal on January 10, 2017 by Governor Edmond G. Brown Jr. Dennis has been a member of the California Fire Service for over 30 years. More...

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New Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems Certification

On July 1, 2017, the new Automatic Extinguishing Systems (AES) Sprinkler Fitter Certification regulations will become effective. The regulations cover the work consisting of the installation, alteration or repair of water-based fire protection systems. For more information… More...


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Vision 20/20 - 2016 Model Preformance in Fire Prevention Symposium

Vision 20/20 sponsored the fourth national Model Performance in Fire Prevention Symposium. This training and educational event showcase successful efforts in all areas of fire prevention that have great potential for reducing fire loss in communities throughout the United States. Click here to get the materials provided at the symposium.

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Guidelines for Log Storage Areas Due to Tree Mortality

The tree mortality epidemic in California has significantly increased the risk of wildfires and life safety risk from falling trees. Governor Brown has issued a Proclamation of a State of Emergency to advance the removal of the dead trees and mitigate the hazard. The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is issuing this Information Bulletin to aid fire officials. Click here

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Fire Pump Exam Update

On February 1, 2016, a new Fire Pump Examination will go into effective.  This test has been updated to reflect the recently amended and adopted National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 25. Click here

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Rebuilding After A Wildfire

California has recently faced some of the most damaging wildfires in California State history. The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is issuing this Information Bulletin to aid homeowners, homebuilders, building officials, fire officials, and other interested parties with the rebuilding process. This publication is intended to outline the materials and construction methods for exterior wildfire exposure and residential sprinkler requirements for buildings being repaired or rebuilt. Click here for the report.

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