To honor the legacy of Hans and to make sure he is always remembered, a scholarship has been set up in his name.  This will be set up through the RCCD Foundation and will be given yearly to a student.  In order for us to get this set up we will need to collect $5000.00 so it can be on going.

Please see the below directions to contribute to the scholarship.

  1. Gifts can be online at the Foundation website:
    • Donors should specify their contribution amount in the “Other” field of the Amount section
    • Donors should complete the “In Honor or In Memory” section so we know their gift is in memory of Chief Bolowich.
  1. Gifts can also be made by check. Checks should be made payable to RCCD Foundation, and should also include “Bolowich Scholarship” in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to:

RCCD Foundation

4800 Magnolia Avenue

Riverside CA 92506

The following academic job opportunity is currently open.  If you or anyone else is interested in this position, click on the individual website link for a complete job description and to submit your application. For any other inquiries, please email the Ventura County Community College District Human Resources at [email protected].

Emergency Medical Technologies Instructor ( Temporary Full Time Assignment)

Posting# 2020-01769

Supervisor: Matthew Jewett

Closing deadline is Sunday July 12, 2020

To view the job posting, click on the link below:



Colleagues of the Fire Control 3 Structural Fire Fighting (2018) and curriculum community:

We’ve just turned in the updated Fire Control 3 and Instructor curriculum to staff for inclusion in the agenda for final approval at the July 10, 2020 STEAC meeting.

When this curriculum update started some four years ago, it was hoped to have been completed in 2017. Had it been, we would have need to revise it due to changes in the following NFPA standards. This new curriculum includes all of the provision of these associated standards:

  1. NFPA 1001: Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications (2019);
  2. NFPA 1041: Standard for Fire and Emergency Services Instructor Professional Qualifications (2019);
  3. NFPA 1403: Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions (2018)

Based upon extensive stakeholder feedback from the members of the curriculum cadre, students of the three pilot courses, representatives of the ARTP’s and ALA’s and other members of the California fire service, you will note the following improvements:


We included the CAL FIRE C-404 in the Safety Officer co-requisite requirement.


We created an additional level of instructor type known as “Skills Coach.” In all the activities and skills, the student to skills coach ratio is 5:1, allowing for inquiry, coaching and skill mastery.


In cooperation with the CFTDA, ARTP’s and ALA’s, representatives assisted SFT staff with creating a streamlined SFT User Portal Webform PACE instructor update registration process for currently qualified registered instructors of Fire Control 3 (2009).


Survey feedback was received from members of the curriculum cadre and students of the three pilot Instructor: Live Fire Training – Fixed Facility courses offered in Menlo Park, Sacramento and Fresno, providing additional improvement guidance to SFT staff.


Based upon the pilot course experience, stakeholder feedback and survey results, a more detailed analysis allowed for additional improvements to the curriculum, aligning it to more closely reflect the NFPA 1403 (2018) standard:


  • Adding the Palmer Doll House (multi-chamber burn prop) Activity
  • All hose line activities are in compliance with NFPA 1403, eliminating the mandatory language of a low gpm method of gas-cooling from the water application skill.
  • Development of three videos to be available on line on the SFT website: Whoosh Box, Single Chamber Burn Prop, and Multi-Chamber Burn Prop.


The updated curriculum documents will be posted to the STEAC website by Monday, June 29, 2020:

Thank you for all of your tireless work to see this very complicated curriculum come to it’s fruition, your contributions were integral to its development and completion.

The July 10, 2020 STEAC meeting is going to be a Zoom format, so I encourage you to attend and participate.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


Kevin Conant

Fire Training Specialist III


Office of the State Fire Marshal

Training Division

(408) 391-7992

[email protected]


Hi all,

  1. A friendly reminder that ALL distance education requires review and approval by SFT PRIOR to course delivery. Please be sure to submit the application for online instruction  WITH and at the same time the course request is submitted.
  2. If the course has already been delivered the retro requests can not be accommodated by SFT.
  3. A course with any online instruction/delivery including hybrid, partial or completely online, falls into the distance education definition and MUST have an online instruction application submitted along side the course request.

If you have any questions in regards to the above points please reach out to Caryn Petty @ [email protected]


Matthew Jewett

Fall 2020 ARTP State Fire Training Fee Increase Impact Questions AND Online/Distance Education Course Delivery Survey/Poll Request from SFT.

Key points in this letter from CARB:

  1. Low Usage Vehicles must be operated less than 1,000 miles or 50 hours per year, based on a five-year rolling mileage or engine-hour average.
  2. Mileage is “averaged” over 5 year spans
  3. There is a requirement that we log the annual hours but there is no reporting requirement necessary to CARB

CARB Fleet Regulation for Public Agencies and Utilities Applicability for Non-Emergency Use Vehicles.pdf

Attached is the CFTDA Strong Workforce Resolution asking for SWF funding to be re-instated to support CTE programs. Please share with anyone who can help the cause. Thank you

CFTDA Strong Workforce Funds resolution final.pdf

– Matthew Jewett

Notice of Public Hearing – State Fire Training – Fee increase adjustment to certification and training standards for California fire service personnel


Public Comment Period Fee Letter (003).pdf


Notice of Public Hearing

To Interested Parties:

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is providing Notice of Scheduled Public Hearing of proposed modifications to California Code of Regulations, Title 19, Division 1, Chapter 13, related to State Fire Training – fee increase adjustment to certification and training standards for California fire service personnel.

Pursuant to Government Code Section 11346.8, the OSFM will hold a public hearing on the proposed action on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 1:30 pm to accept oral testimony regarding this proposed regulatory action.