Article 4. California Fire Service Training And Education Program of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 12. >> Part 2. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 4.
This article shall be known and may be cited as the
California Fire Service Training and Education Program Act.
The Legislature finds and declares that the purposes of this
article are as follows:
(a) To reduce the costs in suffering and property loss resulting
from fire through standardized fire training and education programs.
(b) To provide professional fire service training and education
programs to personnel in fire departments that rely extensively on
(c) To develop new methods and practices in the area of fire
(d) To disseminate information relative to fires, techniques of
firefighters, and other related subjects to all interested agencies
and individuals throughout the state.
(e) To enhance the coordination of fire service training and
(f) To develop a coordinated and standardized plan for the control
of fires and the safety of firefighters where hazardous materials
The California Fire Service Training and Education Program
is hereby established in the office of the State Fire Marshal.
The State Fire Marshal, with policy guidance and advice from the
State Board of Fire Services, shall carry out the management of the
California Fire Service Training and Education Program and shall have
the authority to:
(a) Promulgate and adopt rules and regulations necessary for
implementation of the program.
(b) Establish the courses of study and curriculum to be used in
(c) Establish prerequisites for the admission of personnel who
attend courses offered in the program.
(d) Establish and collect admission fees and other fees that may
be necessary to be charged for seminars, conferences, and specialized
training given, which shall not be deducted from state
appropriations for the purposes of this program.
(e) Collect such fees as may be established pursuant to
subdivision (d) of Section 13142.4.
The State Fire Marshal shall employ under civil service a
program manager and staff as necessary to perform the functions for
which the program has been established.
All personnel of the State Fire Training Program with the
Department of Education shall be eligible to transfer to appropriate
positions in the California Fire Service Training and Education
Program provided they meet the qualifications for those positions.
The State Fire Marshal, with policy guidance and advice from
the State Board of Fire Services, shall have the following
(a) To make fire service training and education programs,
including training and education in the use of heavy rescue
equipment, available on a voluntary basis to fire departments that
rely extensively on volunteers.
(b) Cooperate with the State Board of Fire Services in the
development of a minimum standards program for fire service personnel
and fire service instructors.
(c) Assist and cooperate with State Board of Fire Services
pursuant to Section 13142.4.
(d) Verify that minimum curriculum requirements, facilities, and
faculty standards for schools, seminars, or workshops operated by or
for the state for the specific purpose of training fire service
personnel are being met.
(e) Make or encourage studies of any aspect of fire service
training and education.
(f) Determine the need for and recommend locations of regional
(g) Develop a model plan or system for use by fire departments
for the control of fires and the safety of firefighters where
hazardous materials are involved.
(h) Study the feasibility of establishing within the office of the
State Fire Marshal, a depository of information on hazardous
material characteristics for use by local fire departments and other
entities that respond to emergencies.
(a) The State Fire Marshal shall establish additional
training standards that include the criteria for curriculum content
recommended by the Emergency Response Training Advisory Committee
established pursuant to Section 8588.10 of the Government Code,
involving the responsibilities of first responders to terrorism
incidents and to address the training needs of those identified as
(b) The State Fire Marshal shall contract with the California
Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Program for the development of
curriculum content criteria specified in subdivision (a).
(c) Every paid and volunteer firefighter assigned to field duties
in a state or local fire department or fire protection or
firefighting agency may receive the appropriate training described in
this section. Pertinent training previously completed by any
jurisdiction's firefighters and meeting the training standards of
this section may be submitted to the State Fire Marshal to assess its
content and determine whether it meets the training requirements
prescribed by the State Fire Marshal.
The State Fire Marshal shall annually review, revise as
necessary, and administer the California Fire Service Training
program, shall establish priorities for the use of state and federal
fire service training and education funds applicable to statewide
programs, other than those funds administered by the Department of
Forestry and Fire Protection, and shall approve the expenditure of
these funds in accordance with the established priorities. This
section shall not restrict local entities from independently seeking
and utilizing state and federal funds for local fire training and
(a) For purposes of this section, the State Fire Marshal
shall be referred to as the SFM.
(b) The SFM may accept certification by the United States
Department of Defense as a firefighter as an alternative for the
basic SFM training and certification standards for the position of
Firefighter I of the California Fire Service Training and Education
Program, if the United States Department of Defense certification is
accompanied by a national certification or accreditation that has
been approved by the SFM and that is based on the International Fire
Service Accreditation Congress, Pro Board, or other accepted
third-party certification standard.
(c) If the United States Department of Defense certification is
not accompanied by a national certification approved by the SFM, as
described in subdivision (b), the SFM shall follow the verification
process adopted pursuant to the authority provided in Sections 13157