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

Good evening CFTDA,


As per the request of the Wildland Steering Committee we ask that you please fill out the survey at the attached link. Thank you! This applies to a Wildland specific Academy not FF1C as part of your Basic Academies.

Very Respectfully,

Peter Cacossa

Greetings everyone,

We are working on a letter writing campaign to support SB 577 (Hurtado) (see attachment for proposed bill) which would allow the State Fire Marshal to accept additional funding sources for the California Fire Service Training and Education Program. The bill would make the same change relative to the California Fire and Arson Training Act. Permitting the State Fire Marshall to receive additional funding sources for training programs will help to mitigate rising fees for those seeking fire training certification.

California State Fire Training (SFT) provides curriculum and certification to current fire department firefighters, and individuals seeking a career in the fire service. Over the years the fire service has become more professional and certifications are now required for every position in the fire service. To generate enough revenue, fees needed to be raised by over 200% and in some cases as high as 400%. This has resulted in courses and certification becoming unaffordable to volunteer firefighters and for individuals seeking entry level positions. SB 577 allows the State Fire Marshal to accept additional funding sources for the California Fire Service Training and Education Program.

We would like to see if your institution would be willing to draft a letter () in support of the SB 577. If so, please send Please send a copy to Harrison Pardini at Ha[email protected] and Submit online via Advocate Portal Thank you for your time, help and consideration.

Matthew Jewett

CFTDA Vice President

[email protected]

SB 577 Letter of Support.docx
SB 577 Letter of Support CFD.pdf
SB 577 State Fire Training Accessibility Act (Hurtado) Fact Sheet.pdf

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-Matthew Jewett, CFTDA Vice President

Matthew Jewett, SMFD Engineer (Retired)Fire Academy Director, Instructor[email protected] | (530) 718-4853Miramar College Fire Fighter Academy Program

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Good afternoon all!

Caryn asked that we send this out prior to the meeting Thursday as there is a lot of info on here to digest.

CFTDA Meeting Agenda 2022Dec

Good morning CFTDA,

This came up in the last meeting. I am attaching the CalOSHA policies for working in the heat as well as Sierra College’s heat policy. Thank you Jason! ACADEMY HEAT POLICY,do%20in%20case%20of%20an

Good morning CFTDA!

BP2030 meetings will begin next week in Sacramento. Attached are two surveys for firefighters and agencies to help guide the process. To get more reach please push these out to your adjuncts and alumni.



Thank you!

From Chief Petty,

Please see attached link and share it with CFTDA members. This positively impacts the hiring practices of CAL FIRE and the college academy plans, and will definitely benefit the ARTP graduates.

New Curriculum Training Path for Firefighter I – FINAL

This is huge! Please also reference the FAQs in the link as well as it explains a lot of what this memo means to CFTDA.




Had a request from CPT Turner to send this out to the group. Based on the questions in the quiz it is what is in the curriculum for FF1. However, I still wanted to send it to the group for you to respond.

Good Afternoon Sir,

I am currently working on a proposal for creating a SFT forcible entry class.  I am looking to send out a brief survey to get data to see if there is an interest on developing this Statewide.  I received your email from Chris Fowler from SFT and was advised you may be able to send it out your ARTP group for their input.  Would you be able to send out this link to a google form that gathers information regarding this concept?  It should only take a few minutes of the respondents time.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Nic  Turner

Training Captain/ Tower Coordinator

Training Division
San Bernardino County Fire Protection District
Cell: 909-762-5357
2824 ‘W’ Street, Bldg. 302,
San Bernardino, CA 92415

Good afternoon everyone,

I had a post of interest that I would like to share with all of you that came from Chris Baker and 1LT Matthew Epstein. Please see the attached memo regarding the explanation of Team Blaze.  This is just another avenue for potential students or graduates to gain experience and make some money during fire season.

Very Respectfully,

Peter Cacossa