The Office of the State Fire Marshal Motion Picture & Entertainment Unit (MP&E) was created in July 1987 following the death of actor Vic Morrow in a movie set accident, and in response to the motion picture and television industry's concerns about inconsistent enforcement of regulations and fire prevention requirements.

The Program's primary role is to act as a liaison between the California fire service and the motion picture and television industry. Program staff work with local film commissions, the State Film Commission, and the film and entertainment industry providing training, special investigations, inspections, and on-location technical assistance. Staff also provide technical interpretation of SFM laws and regulations relating to the use of pyrotechnic special effects.

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