Office of the State Fire Marshal

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is the CAL FIRE program that protects life and property through the development and application of fire prevention, engineering, training and education, and enforcement. As part of this mission, OSFM establishes a fire-safe environment for the people of California, which serves as a foundation for local agencies to build on as they strive to meet their specific goals. The Office of State Marshal web site serves as a valuable resource and a one-stop shop for all things related to these goals. Please make sure to check back on this website regularly as content is updated periodically.


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Mike Richwine

State Fire Marshal
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In support of the OSFM Engineering & Investigations Division’s ongoing commitment to improving customer service and decreasing wait times, we are pleased to announce that applicants can now Pay Online or by mail-in for their licensing fees. This feature will allow applicants to quickly and easily pay for license application fees from anywhere and significantly reduce time-to-issuance.

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Dear Stakeholder, Industry Associations, Local Government Partners and Cooperating Agencies:

As the COVID-19 emergency continues to evolve, fire departments and fire protection contractors must ensure fire prevention and life safety systems and equipment are in working order. These systems and products are essential functions in safeguarding the public, businesses and institutions.

A Letter from the State Fire Marshal

Wildfire Prevention


On May 6, 2021, fire safety products manufacturer Kidde recalled Model Series 2040, 2050, 2060, and 2070 Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms due to risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire.


Safety & Procedural Guides

Seized Fireworks Reporting and Disposal Process

Learn the procedures for reporting the seizure of dangerous and illegal fireworks.

AES Certification-Fire Sprinkler Fitter Certification

A basic guidance and information to contractors concerning the renewal process for the Fire Sprinkler Fitter Certifications for the July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 period.