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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. https://osfm.fire.ca.gov/media/9762/attachment-5-skills-coach-instructor-type.pdf


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). https://osfm.fire.ca.gov/media/10962/fire-control-3-2018-instructor-update-application.pdf


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: https://osfm.fire.ca.gov/boards-committees/statewide-training-education-advisory-committee-steac/

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

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.

Hi all,

SFT has created a Brand New Fire Control 3 Application Process and Digital Application:

FC3 Instructor Update App (20200422) (002).pdf


Please take a few minutes to fill out the following survey. This information will help our fellow ARTP’s towards advocating for their programs:


Oxnard College Fire Academy and EMT Programs

Re: Resumption of Clinical Instruction and Skills Testing

On April 13, 2020 students of the Oxnard College Fire Academy and EMT programs returned to the Camarillo Airport site in order to resume instruction and psychomotor skills testing. Assistant Dean Matthew Jewett, faculty and staff created and have implemented an execution plan designed to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff; and to allow students to complete their educational goals.

Prior to the resumption of these activities, Assistant Dean Jewett issued Pre and Post-Class Health Screening protocols and Mandatory Standard Operating Procedures. (Slide 2)

Students were required to sign a Student COVID-19 Waiver. (Slide 3)

The EMT students were divided into MW and TTh morning and evening sections, in order to allow for greater social distancing. A detailed electronic health screening documentation system was created. (Slide 4)

EMT ILT Jake Findlay created and deployed an online health screening application that students were required to download on their smart phones. The health questionnaire has to be completed daily and presented at the time of screening. (Slide 5)

Assistant Dean Jewett posted COVID-19 warning signs at all entrances to the site. (Slide 6)

Students in EMT are required to park on the south side of the building, Fire Academy on the north side. A COVID-19 Screening Corridor was created on the north side of the building. Students line up 12 feet apart, on marked sidewalk, prior to being screened. Health Center Coordinator Dr. Deanna McFadden is assisting with the screenings and a Seek Thermal Imaging Thermometer has been deployed. (Slides 7, 8 and 9)

Social distancing is practiced by Fire Academy and EMT. (Slides 10 and 11)

Staff decontaminate classrooms and equipment using a 10-1 bleach solution. (Slides 12 and 13)

Link to power point (must download to computer to view entire PP): 

OC Public Safety program covid-19 plan execution.pptm