Fire Fighter 1 (2013)

Fire Fighter 1 utilizes NFPA 1001 Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, NFPA 1051 Standard for Wildland Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, and NFPA 472 Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents to provide the qualifications for State Fire Training’s Fire Fighter 1 certification. These qualifications are documented in the Fire Fighter 1 Certification Training Standards (CTS). State Fire Training coordinated the development of the CTS guide, certification and associated curriculum. The Statewide Training and Education Advisory Committee (STEAC) and the State Board of Fire Services (SBFS) recommended these standards and qualifications for adoption by the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM).

Certification Information

Fire Fighter 1 is the first certification in the California Fire Fighter professional certification series. The requirements for this certification can be found in the SFT Procedures Manual. The Fire Fighter 1 Implementation Plan was developed to provide detailed information regarding how and when the transition to this new certification will go into effect. To apply for this certification, please review and complete the documentation below.

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Task Book Application Fee Schedule Checklist


Reciprocity applicants will need to submit by mail only a completed reciprocity application form, supporting documentation, reciprocity review fee and fee schedule form.

A review will be conducted to verify all submitted documentation. If eligible, SFT will then determine whether additional testing (written and skills) and/or if a Fire Fighter 1 Certification Task Book needs to be completed. Upon completion of all requirements (including successful completion of both the written & skills examinations and the Fire Fighter I task book) and the submittal of a FF 1 application form, certification fee and fee schedule, a California Fire Fighter I certification w/optional IFSAC and Pro Board seals will be issued. This process is illustrated in the Fire Fighter 1 Reciprocity Process Chart.

More information on the Fire Fighter reciprocity process can be found on the Fire Fighter FAQ or by calling (916) 568-3815.

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Application Checklist

The Fire Fighter 1 upgrade program is intended for California certified Fire Fighters who have received certification under an older version of the FF curriculum and are now looking to upgrade their state certification to a state and nationally recognized IFSAC/Pro Board certification. The following materials are available to help assist with this process:

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Application Checklist

Eligible California certified fire fighter applicants will need to submit by mail or appointment only a completed upgrade application form, supporting documentation, upgrade review fee and fee schedule form. A review will be conducted to verify all submitted documentation. If eligible, SFT will then issue an exam authorization form. Upgrade applicants will need take this authorization form to an open-enrollment accredited academy to schedule the certification examination. Upon successful completion of certification examination and the submittal of the exam results including your original upgrade application, certification fee and fee schedule, California Fire Fighter 1 certification w/ IFSAC and Pro Board seals will be issued.

More information on the Fire Fighter certification can be found on the Fire Fighter FAQ or on the Fire Fighter Upgrade diagram

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