Hi all…I’ve noticed a ton of traffic from our friends in California about Firefighter 1, so I decided to see what’s going on in the Golden State. It looks like the State of California is making some changes to the current Firefighter 1 certification program. Let’s take a look at some of the changes.
Firefighter 2001 Background:
The authority for Firefighter 1 Certification is the State Fire Training (SFT) Division under the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OFSM). During the past… California had 3 certifications under FIREFIGHTER 2001: Volunteer, Firefighter 1, and Firefighter 2.
Volunteer firefighter certification was for those able to perform minimum duties required to provide safe conditions at the fire scene.
Firefighter 1 certification is for the entry-level firefighter with proven knowledge and skills to safely perform specified job duties (forced entry, tying knots, attack fire, etc.). It also provides provides basic training fire prevention, rescue operations, and fire investigation/prevention.
Fire Fighter 2 certification is the next progressive step with advanced job duties (coordinate fire hose attacks, vehicle extrication, extinguish flammable liquid fires,etc.). It’s also a prerequisite for advancement to Officer and other Specialized certification.
Transition and Future of Firefighter 1 (2013):
Firefighter 2001 series is being phased out to make way for Firefighter 2013. Those currently enrolled in the Firefighter 2001 Series will be allowed to test and be certified until Dec. 31,2017 however the curriculum classes for Firefighter 2001 series will no longer be offered and expires on Dec. 31,2015. As of Jan 1 2018 the Firefighter 2013 series will fully replace the Firefighter 2001 Series.
The Firefighter 2013 series only includes Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2… and according to the 2015 “DRAFT” version of the SFT Procedures Manual, Volunteer Certification will be retired on 12/31/2015.
Pre-requisites Firefighter 1 (2013):
Prior to attending Firefighter 1 courses, at minimum you should be certified in both… CPR and Administration of First Aid to the public. The American Red Cross would be a good starting point and can be found at this link >>>American Red Cross CPR/First Aid
Firefighter 1 (2013) Course Plan:
The updated Firefighter 1 program is based on a new Certification Training Standard and Course Plan based on the following
NFPA 1001 (2013 edition): Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications
NFPA 1051: Standard for Wild Land Fire Fighter Qualifications
NFPA 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incident
An examination is required to complete Firefighter 1 Certification. In addition you must complete a task book based on NFPA 1001 and its job duties.
I took some notes to try and give you a better idea of the new requirements. If you need more information… let me know and I’ll be glad to help out.
As California has over 33 million acres of forest, the requirement for NFPA 1051 Stand for Wildland Fire Fighter is an integral part of Firefighter 1 Certification in California.
California likes to do things different from other states… and Firefighter 1 requirements are no different.