Good afternoon all,

As many of your programs begin welcoming student learners back to your facilities, we all find ourselves amidst the ever-evolving pandemic and the flexibility of instructional delivery. State Fire Training has been keeping a close eye on emerging COVID restrictions statewide and wanted to extend the continued invitation for any preemptive Distance Education curriculum delivery. I will work with your program(s) to provide an expedited review of submission to alleviate some undue stress should your programs need to move to a Distance Education format.


Outline Example Letter:

Previously approved Outline and Supplemental Documentation may be resubmitted for processing and review – you need only update pertinent information, as appropriate (Instructors, course dates, instructional delivery methodology).

Let me know if you have any questions or need assistance. Be safe and be well.

Caryn R. Petty, MA, Deputy State Fire Marshal III/PM

State Fire Training, Academy Coordinator

The Office of the State Fire Marshal

PO Box 944246

Sacramento, CA 94244-2460

(916) 662-0611 mobile

[email protected]


“The Big 4 – Do your job / Treat people right / Give all out effort / Have an all in attitude”

Hello all, we would like to share our new Stand Alone Fire Fighter I/II Certification Exam Course @ Oxnard College that will be offered Fall 2021. Please share this flyer with anyone who may be interested. Thank you

FF I.II State Cert. Flyer.pdf

In an effort to determine the effectiveness of the COVID protocols implemented by ARTP’s in their fire programs, the CFTDA E-Board surveyed their membership in November to solicit their feedback. You will find a report on these responses enclosed. If you have any questions regarding its findings, feel free to contact CFTDA Secretary Randy Collins at: [email protected]

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.

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.