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Digital Course Returns DIGITAL COURSE RETURNS
November 2018

State Fire Training (SFT) has been actively implementing a new computerized records management system (RMS) called ACADIS. The new ACADIS system allows SFT to modernize the course returns process by eliminating the need to collect completed Scantron forms. Instead, Instructors will report student records in an electronic format by uploading a completed spreadsheet through their ACADIS user portal. More information on this new course returns process can be found on the Digital Course Returns Informational Bulletin.

Firefighter image FIRE FIGHTER I CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT
October 2018

Applicants applying for the Fire Fighter I Certification after December 31, 2018 will be required to complete the SFT written and skills certification exams proctored through an ARTP and ALA. If you are considering applying for the Fire Fighter I certification without completing the written and skills certification exam, all certification requirements must be met, submitted, and postmarked on or before December 31, 2018. There will be no further extensions or exceptions to this deadline.

Instructor Changes graphic SFT USER PORTAL ACCOUNTS HAVE BEEN TURNED ON
November 2018

Over the last eighteen months State Fire Training (SFT) has been actively implementing a new computerized records management system. Even though data conversion and paper files will continue to be processed and converted for the foreseeable future, SFT is ready to take the next step by allowing all users access through the SFT User Portal. More information on this can be found in the RMS Online User Portal Information Bulletin. Additionally, on November 2, 2018 SFT turned on all SFT User Portal accounts where there was a valid email address on file. More information on this can be found on the SFT E-News announcement.

Instructor Changes graphic INSTRUCTOR CHANGES
August 2018

Effective January 1, 2019 the requirements to be approved to teach SFT courses will change significantly. The Instructor Changes Informational Bulletin aims to address and clarify the changes to the instructor requirements. If you are still unsure about the requirements necessary to become an instructor or have questions regarding what is changing, please contact the Instructor Registrar.

To qualify under the current Registered Instructor requirements, you must meet all of the requirements and submit a completed application packet postmarked on or before December 31, 2018. There will be no further extensions or exceptions to this deadline

Current Registered Instructors or those who apply on or before December 31, 2018 will not be effected by these new requirements.

 

Firefighter image FIRE FIGHTER I/II HISTORICAL RECOGNITION
October 2018

Prior to January 1, 2019 Fire Fighter Instructors were not required to be registered with SFT. In order to historically recognize Fire Fighter I and Fire Fighter II instructors, all fire agencies and accredited academies will be required to submit a complete list of their Fire Fighter Instructors to SFT. The Fire Fighter I/II Instructor Historical Recognition Bulletin aims to provide information on how report this information.

Fire Investigator image FIRE INVESTIGATOR I / FIRE INVESTIGATOR II RETIREMENT REMINDER
October 2018

If you are considering applying for the Fire Investigator I and/or Fire Investigator II certification, all certification requirements must be met, submitted, and postmarked on or before December 31, 2018. There will be no further extensions or exceptions to this deadline. Additionally, the Fire Investigation 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B courses will retire on December 31, 2018. The certification tracks and courses will be replaced by the new Fire Investigator track, which is a single level certification based on NFPA 1033 Standard for Fire Investigator Professional Qualifications.

Chief Officer image CHIEF OFFICER RETIREMENT REMINDER
October 2018

If you are considering applying for the Chief Officer certification, all certification requirements must be met, submitted, and postmarked on or before December 31, 2018. The courses for Chief Officer retired on December 31, 2016, but the certification retirement was extended to allow people seeking an associate degree and/or meet the rank requirement time to complete it.  There will be no further extensions or exceptions to this deadline. The Chief Officer certification was replaced by the Chief Fire Officer track. 

Certified Fire Chief Gregory Barton NEW DAMAGE INSPECTION SPECIALIST AND DAMAGE INSPECTION MANAGER FSTEP COURSES
September 2018

In August 2018, the State Board of Fire Services approved the new curriculum for AH-221: Damage Inspection Specialist (DINS) and AH-321: Damage Inspection Manager (DINM). The course plan and implementation plan can now be downloaded from the SFT Curriculum web page. This curriculum was approved by the FIRESCOPE Board of Directors in April 2018.

Certified Fire Chief Gregory Barton NEW CERTIFIED FIRE CHIEF
September 2018

The Office of State Fire Marshal and State Fire Training would like to congratulate Chief Gregory Barton from the Beverly Hills Fire Department on recently obtaining his Fire Chief Certification. Fire Chief Certification is the capstone of the certification system. Fire Chiefs who attain this level have demonstrated proficiency in specific competencies in management, leadership and technical knowledge. Congratulations Chief Barton!

New Fire Marshal Certification Cover page NEW FIRE MARSHAL CERTIFICATION
August 2018

The Fire Marshal (1997) certification will retire December 31, 2019 and will be replaced with the Fire Marshal (2018) certification. The Fire Marshal (2018) requirements, curriculum, certification task book, application, etc. are all now available on the Fire Marshal web page.

Certification Seal logo CERTIFICATION RETIREMENTS
August 2018

Just a reminder, Chief Officer (1983), Fire Investigator I (1981) and Fire Investigator II (1986) certifications will retire December 31, 2018. *For more information on the Fire Investigator II (1986) expert witness requirement change please see the Fire Investigator II Informational Bulletin. Additionally, Fire Marshal (1997), Fire Mechanic I (1984), Fire Mechanic II (1994) and Fire Mechanic III (2001) certifications retire on December 31, 2019. All requirements must be met and the application packet must be submitted postmarked on or before the retirement date. No exceptions or extensions will be granted.

UPDATED ONLINE INSTRUCTOR DATABASE
August 2018

The State Fire Training (SFT) online Instructor Database web page has been revamped and once again contains current information regarding instructor registration. Review the latest Online Instructor Database Information Bulletin for more information.

Confined Space Rescue NEW CONFINED SPACE RESCUE AWARENESS
August 2018

In February 2018, the State Board of Fire Services approved the updated curriculum for Confined Space Rescue Awareness (2018). The course plan and implementation plan can now be downloaded from the SFT Curriculum web page. The previous Confined Space Rescue Awareness (1995) retires on August 31, 2018, and instructors will be required to start using the new curriculum beginning September 1, 2018.

Incident Safety Awareness for Hired Vendors Flyer image NEW INCIDENT SAFETY AWARENESS FOR HIRED VENDORS
August 2018

In May 2018, the State Board of Fire Services approved the updated curriculum for Incident Safety Awareness for Hired Vendors. The course plan and implementation plan can be downloaded from the SFT Curriculum web page. The previous Fireline Safety Awareness for Hired Vendors (2011) course retired on June 30, 2018 and instructors are required to start using the new curriculum beginning July 1, 2018.

STEAC Logo STATEWIDE TRAINING & EDUCATION COMMITTEE
September 2018

Upcoming meetings are October 12, 2018, January 11, 2019 and April 12, 2019. To review information related to the STEAC committee please visit the STEAC webpage.

 

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