Reports and Bulletins

Overview

Welcome to SFT's new Reports and Bulletins webpage. Here is where you will find a comprehensive catalogue of State Fire Training (SFT) Information Bulletins that clarify program changes. You will also have access to review Blueprint 2020, the Strategic Plan that guides these changes, and the SFT Annual Report, which highlights the exceptional progress that has been made as the California Fire Service Training and Education Program continues to evolve.

SFT Annual Report

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The State Fire Training (SFT) Annual Report (PDF) is dedicated to our emergency response professionals statewide. The CAL FIRE - Office of the State Fire Marshal - State Fire Training Division accomplished several remarkable goals that have enhanced the SFT system for our stakeholders. This annual report highlights those exceptional efforts in the essential areas of the program.

This report features more than 5 distinct areas of recognition including; FY 2019-20 Statistics, Accomplishments, Fee Adjustment, Business Process Improvements, the California Fire Academy System. State Fire Training is proud to share this summary of our program improvements, growth, and successes.

Review the FY19 State Fire Training Annual Report (PDF)

Strategic Plan

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Blueprint 2020 is a strategic plan developed to identify, define and describe a new training and education model and breathe new life into
the California State Fire Training System.

This plan belongs to the whole fire service community and is the collaboration of stakeholders involved in its development from the very foundation. Individuals representing local, state, and federal California career and volunteer fire fighters, fire chiefs, organized labor, training officers, and community colleges participated in the development of this important guiding document. Take a moment to review the goals outlined in this plan. 

Review the Blueprint 2020 Strategic Plan (PDF)

Fee Report

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In 2019, the State Board of Fire Service (SBFS) and Statewide Training and Education Advisory Committee (STEAC) approved the State Fire Training (SFT) Fee Report (PDF) which outlined the need to adjust the fees for several SFT services. On September 3, 2020, these new fees were adopted into regulation and were filed with the Secretary of State, and became effective on January 1, 2021. 

During these uncertain times, SFT acknowledges that the implementation of the new fees may seem inopportune. However, in 2016, several years before the pandemic crisis, SFT identified that program survivability warranted a review of the 2008 fees paid by stakeholders and began working on this fee adjustment project. SFT is a self-funded program; paid for by participant fees. SFT collects fees for services provided including course diplomas, applying for certification, taking certification exams, and Accredited Local Academy (ALA) and Accredited Regional Training Program (ARTP) accreditations, etc. SFT’s last fee adjustment was more than 11 years ago and in the years since 2008, SFT’s operating costs have increased within the day-to-day operations of the program; which include the increase in staffing, curriculum development, and the implementation and maintenance of the SFT User Portal.