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IFSAC logo IFSAC Accredited
May 2016

On April 30, 2016 at the IFSAC meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Office of the State Fire Marshal received accreditation from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) for our Fire Fighter I certification program. More detailed information, including how to apply for IFSAC and Pro Board seals in conjunction with California Fire Fighter I certification will be coming soon. Updates will be posted to the Achieving National Recognition webpage.

IUC logo 3 More Instructor Classes have been Added
April 2016

For people who still need to take the free Instructor Update Class (IUC) sign up soon! There are only a limited number of classes available. Information regarding locations and dates can be found on the IUC Flyer. More…

NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY OFF-CAMPUS COURSE PROGRAM
April 2016

SFT continues direct involvement with the NFA, in delivering various two and six day courses throughout the State. More…

FF I SKILLS SHEET UPDATES
April 2016

Three Fire Fighter I skills sheets have been updated on the Fire Fighter I webpage. Please review the errata sheet contained in the Fire Fighter I skills sheet zip file for a cumulative list of skills sheet changes.  

Training Instructor Checklist TRAINING INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION
April 2016

State Fire Training (SFT) has extended the certification deadline for Training Instructor from December 31, 2016 to December 31, 2017. The SFT Training Instructor curriculum will still retire at the end of December 31, 2016. This extension is in response to the growing number of candidates who have already completed the SFT coursework but are still in the process of completing the certification task book.

An updated implementation plan and Training Instructor certification checklist can be found on the SFT website.

 

PROPOSED: CHANGE TO INSTRUCTOR REGISTRATION
April 2016

At the January & October STEAC meeting, SFT presented a proposal to update future SFT instructor registration requirements. The presentation discussed the benefits and reasons for implementing this proposed change including; cost savings, reduction of hours and eliminates confusion regarding certification vs. registration. A PDF or Video of this presentation can be found on the October 16, 2015 section of the STEAC webpage. If you have any comments, concerns, or confusion regarding this change, then please take a minute to complete this short survey.

Chief Dennis Mathisen and his wife Jennifer SFT Retirement
April 2016

SFT's Deputy State Fire Marshal, Mike Garcia is retiring this month after 17 years with CAL FIRE! For the last 6 years Mike has been the Southern CA representative for SFT, sat on the FIRESCOPE Taskforce, worked with Cal OES on the CICCS committee and also managed the National Fire Academy course calls for Region 9 and California. Mike has been an important part of SFT and he will be sorely missed. From all of us at SFT, a BIG Congratulations Mike!

Chief Dennis Mathisen and his wife Jennifer Certified Fire Chief
April 2016

The Office of State Fire Marshal and State Fire Training would like to congratulate Eric Nickel of the City of Palo Alto 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 Nickel!

Image of a Clock and the statement Time is Running Out CERTIFICATIONS THAT WILL RETIRE THIS YEAR...
March 2016

Just a reminder, a number of certifications and related courses will retire at the end of this year. Candidates who wish to apply for the following certifications only have 9 months left: Training InstructorFire Instructor II & III, Fire Officer, Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator I, Public Education Officer I  
*All requirements must be met and application packages must be postmarked by December 31, 2016

Chief Officer Certification Application with statement Deadline Extended CHIEF OFFICER CERTIFICATION
March 2016

State Fire Training (SFT) has extended the certification deadline for Chief Officer from December 31, 2016 to December 31, 2018. The SFT Chief Officer curriculum will still retire at the end of December 31, 2016. This extension is in response to the growing number of candidates who have already completed the SFT coursework but are still in the process of completing the college degree and/or rank requirements.

An updated implementation plan and Chief Officer certification checklist can be found on the SFT website.

Image of Community Risk Educator Course Plan COMMUNITY RISK EDUCATOR
March 2016

The course prerequisites for the Community Risk Educator course have been updated. There was a typo that previously listed a few prerequisites as separate items rather than multiple options for one prerequisite. The Community Risk Educator Course Plan is now updated and available on the website. 

Fire fighter I certication Frequently Asked Questions FIRE FIGHTER I (2013) CERTIFICATION FAQ
February 2016

National recognition and implementation of the Fire Fighter I (2013) certification examination process frequently asked questions.

Image of Pro Board members PRO BOARD APPROVED
February 2016

On January 15, 2016 at the Pro Board Accreditation Conference in Orlando, Florida, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Office of the State Fire Marshal received accreditation from the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) for our Fire Fighter I certification program.

We are also seeking accreditation from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and at their next regularly scheduled meeting in April, 2016 they will vote on our accreditation for the Fire Fighter I certification program. Stay tuned!

STEAC Logo STATEWIDE TRAINING & EDUCATION COMMITTEE
February 2016

Upcoming meetings are April 15, July 15, and October 14, 2016. To visit the STEAC webpage click here…

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