It is with great sadness that the Coleman family has shared that Chief Ronny J. Coleman, State Fire Marshal, (Ret.), passed away peacefully on September 19, 2023, at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento.

Chief Coleman was a 50-plus year veteran of the fire service. Following his service and leadership as the Fire Chief in San Clemente, California, and the Fire Chief in Fullerton, California, he was appointed as California State Fire Marshal from 1992 to 2000 by Governor Pete Wilson. Chief Coleman was the past President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and has been a member and leader of numerous fire service committees and associations. He has given us all an incredible legacy with his dedication to our training and education. He championed the California State Fire Training system both as the Division Chief and has the Chairperson of the Statewide Training and Education Advisory Committee. He has authored more than 19 books and was influential within our industry as an advisor, leader, mentor, and friend.


Chief Coleman is survived by his wife, Marie, his son Chris Coleman (North Carolina), his daughter Lisa Coleman (Colorado), and their families. A local (Northern California) tribute to Chief Coleman will be hosted in Elk Grove in the coming week. Funeral services will follow in San Clemente, with a date to be announced. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to National Heritage Fire Museum or the California Fire Museum & Safety Learning Center.

The Colemans are requesting privacy at this time. Please contact their family liaison, Chris Fowler, at [email protected] with any urgent inquires.


Condolence cards may be sent to:

Mrs. Marie Coleman

c/o Chris Fowler

P.O. Box 661114

Sacramento, CA 95866

Fire Inspector Flyer

Fire Inspector Flyer

CFTDA Meeting Agenda September-2023 San Diego-Coronado.docx.pdf

Good afternoon CFTDA,

If you are looking to teach in the Santa Cruz area or know someone who is interested they are looking for an instructor.

The Career Technical Education Fire Technology Teacher will be responsible for teaching one section of Fire Technology at our Santa Cruz location This course will provide a starting point for students that are new or curious about Fire Technology as well as those that are already interested in a future career in this technology industry.


  • Imperial, CA
  • Full-Time Faculty-Temporary – $65,033.00 – $81,592.00 Annually
  • Category: Education / Fire & EMS / EMS / Emergency Management / Higher Education / Sciences / Faculty / Faculty – Science
  • Division: Academics-Health & Public Safety
Gail Warner
Dean of Health and Public Safety
Imperial Valley College

NFFF HS Symposium Invitation, 05112023

Good afternoon CFTDA!

Jeff Seaton passed this along to us.

Attached is an invitation to the NFFF High School Symposium on July 22, 2023. I know it is short notice, but may be something that you can attend.

OSFM Centennial Celebration Invitation

As a key stakeholder of the CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM), it is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us for the OSFM’s Centennial Celebration on May 23, 2023. This momentous occasion marks a century of dedication, service, and sacrifice by the hardworking employees who have served in Office over the past 100 years.

The celebration will take place at The Clubhouse at Cal Expo (1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento) starting at 1 pm. The event will feature speeches, presentations, refreshments, and other activities. It will be a wonderful opportunity to honor the rich history of the Office of the State Fire Marshal and pay tribute to the fire marshal staff who have served with distinction over the years.

We hope that you will join us for this special event. We believe that your presence will help to make the occasion even more memorable and meaningful.

Please RSVP at so that we can ensure that we have adequate seating and refreshments for all our guests.

We look forward to your presence at the OSFM Centennial Celebration



Daniel Berlant

Acting State Fire Marshal /
Deputy Director – Community Wildfire

Preparedness & Mitigation

715 P St., Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 223-3576 Cell


From Bob Buell,

The Chabot College Fire Technology Program is happy to announce the full-time employment opportunity for a lead Fire Academy Instructor.  This instructor will primarily teach fire academy class sessions at the new Hayward Fire Training Center.  Our need is for an instructor who currently meets the State Fire Training requirements to teach CFSTES and FSTEP courses as a lead instructor for:

  • Firefighter 1 and 2 curricula
  • Fire Fighter Survival
  • Fire Control 3
  • Confined Space Rescue Awareness
  • Vehicle Extrication or Common Passenger Vehicle Rescue Technician

The instructor should also be a certification examination skills evaluator.

I intend to assist the lead academy instructor as a co-instructor as needed during the first year as we will be adapting to our operations at the new training center.

I am available to answer any questions you may have about the position, especially regarding the time commitment and responsibilities.  I have attached the job announcement and the link to the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District’s web page to access the application.

Instructor-Fire Academy-Fire Technology-Job Announcement