Fire Control 3B – Staff Report and Implementation Plans for the necessary instructor information:

Dear Fellow CFTDA Members,

As your President I wish to apprise you of the changes being proposed in the 2019 version of Firefighter I & II that were introduced at the July STEAC meeting and shared with me by Randy Collins (our STEAC rep). A brief summary of some of the changes are as follows:

  • The curriculum is being modularized into: FFIA (Structure), FFIB (Haz-Mat/WMD), FFIC (Wildland), Confined Space and FFIIA (structure)
  • When the 3 FFI modules, Confined Space and the certification testing are complete, students may move directly on to FFII
  • The work experience component has been moved from the end of FFI to FFII (allowing the issuance of FFI certs following the test process)
  • Migration of several formal FFII topics to FFI (i.e. Auto Ex, Fire Safety Surveys, Pre-plans)
  • Many FFI topics have had their hours reduced significantly with the overall hours in the model curriculum (no ARTP amendments) going from 394 (2013) to 308 (2019)
  • A implementation plan that retires the existing FFI curriculum on June 30, 2020.

From these bullet points alone, you can probably surmise that they represent enormous changes that will require significant re-writes and approval of our curriculum. And from the implementation plan, you can see we have little time we have been given to do so. Because SFT will be making a detailed report on this item at our next CFTDA meeting in Monterey and wants to hear our feedback, I would STRONGLY recommend you attend the meeting. I would also ask you to take some time to review the SFT staff report, the course and implementation plans (link enclosed below) and develop a list of questions or concerns you may have and forward them to me BEFORE the meeting. This will allow us to assemble a comprehensive list that can be asked directly to SFT and hopefully get an immediate response which will benefit all of us. It will also put us in a better position to negotiate for changes much like what we did with SFT staff when the 2013 FFI curriculum was presented.

While I recognize this requires a little up-front effort by each of you, because we all affected by the same problems, I can guarantee that by sharing them here, it will save you considerable work in the long run.

If you have specific questions, feel free to contact me or CFTDA STEAC rep Randy Collins ( . I look forward to seeing your feedback.

Dow loadable Files:

10.0 FFI FFII Staff Report First Reading STEAC 06.19.2019 .pdf
10.1 FF1 – CTS Guide (Combination) – STEAC Draft (6.19.19).pdf
10.2 FF1 – Course Plan – Fire Fighter 1A – Sturcture (2019) – STEAC Draft (6.19.19).pdf
10.3 FF1 – Course Plan – Fire Fighter 1B – Hazardous Materials – STEAC Draft (6.20.19).pdf
10.4 FF1 – Course Plan – Fire Fighter 1C – Wildland – STEAC Draft (6.20.19).pdf
10.5 FF1 – Skill Sheets.pdf
10.6 FF2 – CTS Guide – STEAC Draft (6.19.19).pdf
10.7 FF2 – Course Plan – Fire Fighter 2A – Structure (2019) – STEAC Draft (6.19.19).pdf
10.8 FF2 – Task Book – STEAC Draft (6.19.19).pdf
10.9 FF2 – Skill Sheets.pdf
10.10 FFI & 2 Implementation Plan.pdf

Link to SFT site:

Matthew Jewett, MSOL


California Fire Technology Directors Association

Phone (530) 718-4853


     16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA 90506

     (310) 660-3111

July XX, 2019

Senator Anthony Portantino
Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee
State Capitol, Rm. 3086
Sacramento, CA 95814


Dear Senator Portantino:

On behalf of El Camino Community College District, I write to request that AB 720 be moved from suspense and to the Senate floor for a vote. AB 720 requires that courses offered by California’s community colleges to public safety agencies via instructional service agreements (ISAs) be funded outside the new student-centered funding formula. One of the most concerning consequences of the funding formula is its impact on our partnerships with agencies including fire, sheriff, and police departments.

These public safety personnel have ongoing training mandated by their respective state agencies. Colleges collaborate with local agencies to offer this training under the California Community College apportionment-funding model. These partnerships exist at a considerable number of colleges across the system. According to data for the 2016-17 academic year, there are 32 districts—almost 30 percent of California’s community colleges—that offer public safety classes through ISAs. These courses serve nearly 15,000 FTES statewide. In the past, 100 percent of the funds received from the state for these training programs came from FTES apportionment.

Under the new funding formula, however, colleges will receive a significantly reduced percentage based on apportionment over the next several years. The remaining funding is based on 1) serving students of need, and 2) student outcomes such as graduation rates, degrees, and employment. Students who participate in ISAs, however, are already employed, already hold credentials, and are not students of need. These outcome criteria simply don’t apply.

Although the split among these three funding metrics is still evolving, there is no doubt a “one size fits all” formula does not meet California’s needs for funding first responder training. Community colleges and their public safety partners face the prospect of bearing the full cost of offering this training with reduced resources, limiting our ability to serve this important role and potentially jeopardizing public safety. This is a deeply concerning prospect, given the projections for increased wildfires and other natural disasters statewide in which public safety resources will demand well-trained professionals.

Time is of the essence on this issue. The funding formula’s oversight committee is currently deliberating whether to incorporate ISAs into the funding formula—a process far too lengthy given the urgency of resolving the problem. Therefore, the legislative solution provided by AB 720—separating this category of FTES from the current metrics and keeping ISA classes outside the funding formula—is vitally important.

For that reason, I respectfully request that AB 720 be moved from suspense and to the Senate floor for a vote.

Best regards,

Dena P. Maloney, Ed.D.
El Camino College

Greetings Fire Technology FDRG Members,

Congratulations! We have posted as final the Fire Technology Company Officer descriptors and Model Curricula (MC) to the C-ID website, and colleges can now submit comparable courses for review.  As a reminder, courses are submitted to the C-ID system through your campus Articulation Officer.

You can find the descriptors posted on our website under the Descriptors tab, and the MC posted on the Model Curriculum tab.

Thank you for taking part in this process. Your commitment to your discipline is evident and the time spent in working on the descriptors is very much appreciated.

Thank you!

Miguel Rother 

Director of Grants and Initiatives

Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

One Capitol Mall, Suite 230
Sacramento | CA | 95814
916 445 4753 | ph
916 323 9867 | fx


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Toolbox Doc.pdf