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FSTEP CURRICULUM

FROM STATE FIRE TRAINING

The Fire Service Training and Education Program (FSTEP) produces continuing education and topic-specific training courses that do not lead to job function certification. Below is a list of FSTEP State Fire Training curriculum for which there are down-loadable resources. Pre-2012 curriculum provides student manuals, instructor guides and instructor power point templates. Post-2012 curriculum provides only course plans (and student activities if applicable).

For a brief overview of all SFT curriculum go to the Course Information & Required Materials manual.

For the manuals listed below, by agreement, CAL FIRE’s Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) allows for reproduction of the following student and instructor manuals for Educational and Instruction Purposes ONLY.  No other reproduction is permitted without written permission of OSFM. For inquires or to report unauthorized use, contact Kris.Rose@fire.ca.gov.

For CFSTES curriculum please go to Professional Certification web page.

  • Advanced Firefighter Rescue (16 hours)
    This 2-day course is intended to expand on the current SFT RIC OPS course. Students will have an opportunity to work through simulated RIC activation's and be put in situations that will make them have to think outside the box. Day one is ground school, meant to build upon your current knowledge, skills, & abilities (KSA). Day-2 is all scenarios where you will utilize these KSA when deployed to rescue a down FF. In these scenarios you will utilize many of the following skills: breaking / breaching, shoring / cribbing, PAC CAN reports, air options, packaging, drags & carries, and FF out a window and down a ladder. Students will also be required to build and operated basic rope systems. Frank Nasca, Matt Barnes
  • Residential Search Operations and VEIS (8 Hours)
    Rescue is always the first priority for any fire department. To ensure an efficient search and effective rescue techniques, we must continually practice and train. This class will cover search techniques such as Oriented Search, Directed Search, civilian drags, carries, and removals from the building. Students will also leave with a renewed understanding of what is often a misunderstood and underutilized rescue practice: Vent, Enter, Isolate, and Search (VEIS). When understood and used properly, VEIS is an effective way of searching for and removing victims from a building. This class is designed to improve your skills and make you a more effective firefighter. Frank Nasca, Matt Barnes
  • Famous Firetown Truck Academy (40 Hours)
    This 5-day academy will provide hands-on commercial and residential ventilation operations, high density forcible entry, large area search procedures, RIC deployments, air management principles and so much more! Steve Reno, Ed Hadfield
  • First Due Operations - IDLH (24 Hours)
    This course will allow participant to learn, apply, develop and coordinate effective fire suppression tactics in IDLH conditions. This will be facilitated under an ICS Command & Control structure while maintaining accountability and safety of all personnel on the fire ground. It is imperative that first responders train in like environments with multi-tasking coordination with effective communication while stabilizing an incident. This course is fluid and demanding with all firefighting skill sets. Tim Adams, Tim Sandifer
  • Ventilation: Why is easy, HOW, not so much. (8 Hours)
    Knowing the main ventilation tasks is important, but knowing the type, location, and more so the coordination at a strategic level is even more important to first responders' safety and the service to our public, the customer Tim Adams, Tim Sandifer
  • Elevator Rescue (8 Hours)
    Our -day course will consist of 2 components. We will begin with a classroom session covering the fundamentals of elevator rescues. The hands-on portion will provide attendees the opportunity to follow step-by-step procedures, LOTO, picking, poling, drifting, rescue methods, rope systems and Phase 1 & 2. This course will demonstrate how to execute elevator rescues safely and efficiently. Jason Watts
  • Trench Rescue: Inside the Box (36 Hours)
    This course provides the skills and knowledge needed for the trench rescue technician to work safely and efficiently in a trench rescue environment. This hands-on training program includes trench and excavation regulations, soil characteristics, trench configurations and hazards, rescue team preparation, incident response, initial on-scene and pre-entry operations, shoring systems and components, shoring system installation, victim rescue and recovery, and incident termination. This course incorporates awareness, operations, and technician training based on NFPA 1006 (2021). Jeff Hakola
  • SFM Engine Ops: Stretching, Flowing, and Moving (8 Hours)
    With an emphasis on the first line, this class focuses on the art of stretching, flowing, and moving a hoseline. A goal on every fire is for the first unit to arrive on scene and get a line to the seat of the fire as quickly and efficiently as possible. How we achieve that relies heavily on our ability to estimate the stretch, deploy the line, and manage it from point A to point B. In addition to advancing the line, students will also learn both the positive and negative effects an engine company can have on the fire, an introduction to stream selection, water mapping, air entrainment, and single person forcible entry. Students can look forward to a full day of discussion and hands-on, scenario-based training aimed at making your next stretch as efficient as possible. Rick Archuleta, JD Flint, Ryan Morrison
  • SFT Common Passenger Vehicle Rescue Technician (2021) (24 Hours)
    Offering the new State Fire Training auto extrication curriculum, all participants will be educated on today’s vehicle anatomy and the process to work with and through the challenges that they bring to the accident scene. Real world vehicle accident scenarios will test all who attend as they are tasked to work through challenging stabilization and extrication operations. Students will learn how to size-up the scene and execute proper scene safety protocols. The use of primary and secondary stabilization and the use of stabilization struts, hand tools, electric and hydraulic extrication tools, and the proper use of air bags for extrication will be utilized. Students will also be expected to put together a plan for victim extraction and proper patient transfer to EMS personnel. Barton Pearson, Don Lacy, Jake Dean
  • REMS (5 days)
    Justin Moore
  • Engineer Academy
    Engineer Academy Fresno 2024 The Engineer Academy is a great opportunity to build real-world skills in a hands- on environment. With a heavy emphasis on drills and scenarios, the academy is geared toward the engine Driver/Operator. The Engineer Academy will help: -Firefighters looking to take their department’s Engineer exam -Firefighters who drive and operate and want to improve their skillset -Engineers looking for more experience Topics covered will include: -First-due pumping operations -Water supply operations -Multi-company scenarios -Pre-trip inspections -And more! The Engineer Academy is taught by instructors with real-world experience and is held over the course of the entire week in Fresno. The academy will include some classroom time to support the hands-on training. Students should have: completed DO 1A and 1B OR an equivalent amount of training and experience prior to the academy. Jeff Malinowski
  • FF Survival
    D Valenzuela
  • Advanced Firefighter Rescue (16 hours)
    This 2-day course is intended to expand on the current SFT RIC OPS course. Students will have an opportunity to work through simulated RIC activation's and be put in situations that will make them have to think outside the box. Day one is ground school, meant to build upon your current knowledge, skills, & abilities (KSA). Day-2 is all scenarios where you will utilize these KSA when deployed to rescue a down FF. In these scenarios you will utilize many of the following skills: breaking / breaching, shoring / cribbing, PAC CAN reports, air options, packaging, drags & carries, and FF out a window and down a ladder. Students will also be required to build and operated basic rope systems. Frank Nasca, Matt Barnes
  • Residential Search Operations and VEIS (8 Hours)
    Rescue is always the first priority for any fire department. To ensure an efficient search and effective rescue techniques, we must continually practice and train. This class will cover search techniques such as Oriented Search, Directed Search, civilian drags, carries, and removals from the building. Students will also leave with a renewed understanding of what is often a misunderstood and underutilized rescue practice: Vent, Enter, Isolate, and Search (VEIS). When understood and used properly, VEIS is an effective way of searching for and removing victims from a building. This class is designed to improve your skills and make you a more effective firefighter. Frank Nasca, Matt Barnes
  • Famous Firetown Truck Academy (40 Hours)
    This 5-day academy will provide hands-on commercial and residential ventilation operations, high density forcible entry, large area search procedures, RIC deployments, air management principles and so much more! Steve Reno, Ed Hadfield
  • First Due Operations - IDLH (24 Hours)
    This course will allow participant to learn, apply, develop and coordinate effective fire suppression tactics in IDLH conditions. This will be facilitated under an ICS Command & Control structure while maintaining accountability and safety of all personnel on the fire ground. It is imperative that first responders train in like environments with multi-tasking coordination with effective communication while stabilizing an incident. This course is fluid and demanding with all firefighting skill sets. Tim Adams, Tim Sandifer
  • Ventilation: Why is easy, HOW, not so much. (8 Hours)
    Knowing the main ventilation tasks is important, but knowing the type, location, and more so the coordination at a strategic level is even more important to first responders' safety and the service to our public, the customer Tim Adams, Tim Sandifer
  • Elevator Rescue (8 Hours)
    Our -day course will consist of 2 components. We will begin with a classroom session covering the fundamentals of elevator rescues. The hands-on portion will provide attendees the opportunity to follow step-by-step procedures, LOTO, picking, poling, drifting, rescue methods, rope systems and Phase 1 & 2. This course will demonstrate how to execute elevator rescues safely and efficiently. Jason Watts
  • Trench Rescue: Inside the Box (36 Hours)
    This course provides the skills and knowledge needed for the trench rescue technician to work safely and efficiently in a trench rescue environment. This hands-on training program includes trench and excavation regulations, soil characteristics, trench configurations and hazards, rescue team preparation, incident response, initial on-scene and pre-entry operations, shoring systems and components, shoring system installation, victim rescue and recovery, and incident termination. This course incorporates awareness, operations, and technician training based on NFPA 1006 (2021). Jeff Hakola
  • SFM Engine Ops: Stretching, Flowing, and Moving (8 Hours)
    With an emphasis on the first line, this class focuses on the art of stretching, flowing, and moving a hoseline. A goal on every fire is for the first unit to arrive on scene and get a line to the seat of the fire as quickly and efficiently as possible. How we achieve that relies heavily on our ability to estimate the stretch, deploy the line, and manage it from point A to point B. In addition to advancing the line, students will also learn both the positive and negative effects an engine company can have on the fire, an introduction to stream selection, water mapping, air entrainment, and single person forcible entry. Students can look forward to a full day of discussion and hands-on, scenario-based training aimed at making your next stretch as efficient as possible. Rick Archuleta, JD Flint, Ryan Morrison
  • SFT Common Passenger Vehicle Rescue Technician (2021) (24 Hours)
    Offering the new State Fire Training auto extrication curriculum, all participants will be educated on today’s vehicle anatomy and the process to work with and through the challenges that they bring to the accident scene. Real world vehicle accident scenarios will test all who attend as they are tasked to work through challenging stabilization and extrication operations. Students will learn how to size-up the scene and execute proper scene safety protocols. The use of primary and secondary stabilization and the use of stabilization struts, hand tools, electric and hydraulic extrication tools, and the proper use of air bags for extrication will be utilized. Students will also be expected to put together a plan for victim extraction and proper patient transfer to EMS personnel. Barton Pearson, Don Lacy, Jake Dean
  • REMS (5 days)
    Justin Moore
  • Engineer Academy
    Engineer Academy Fresno 2024 The Engineer Academy is a great opportunity to build real-world skills in a hands- on environment. With a heavy emphasis on drills and scenarios, the academy is geared toward the engine Driver/Operator. The Engineer Academy will help: -Firefighters looking to take their department’s Engineer exam -Firefighters who drive and operate and want to improve their skillset -Engineers looking for more experience Topics covered will include: -First-due pumping operations -Water supply operations -Multi-company scenarios -Pre-trip inspections -And more! The Engineer Academy is taught by instructors with real-world experience and is held over the course of the entire week in Fresno. The academy will include some classroom time to support the hands-on training. Students should have: completed DO 1A and 1B OR an equivalent amount of training and experience prior to the academy. Jeff Malinowski
  • FF Survival
    D Valenzuela
  • Advanced Firefighter Rescue (16 hours)
    This 2-day course is intended to expand on the current SFT RIC OPS course. Students will have an opportunity to work through simulated RIC activation's and be put in situations that will make them have to think outside the box. Day one is ground school, meant to build upon your current knowledge, skills, & abilities (KSA). Day-2 is all scenarios where you will utilize these KSA when deployed to rescue a down FF. In these scenarios you will utilize many of the following skills: breaking / breaching, shoring / cribbing, PAC CAN reports, air options, packaging, drags & carries, and FF out a window and down a ladder. Students will also be required to build and operated basic rope systems. Frank Nasca, Matt Barnes
  • Residential Search Operations and VEIS (8 Hours)
    Rescue is always the first priority for any fire department. To ensure an efficient search and effective rescue techniques, we must continually practice and train. This class will cover search techniques such as Oriented Search, Directed Search, civilian drags, carries, and removals from the building. Students will also leave with a renewed understanding of what is often a misunderstood and underutilized rescue practice: Vent, Enter, Isolate, and Search (VEIS). When understood and used properly, VEIS is an effective way of searching for and removing victims from a building. This class is designed to improve your skills and make you a more effective firefighter. Frank Nasca, Matt Barnes
  • Famous Firetown Truck Academy (40 Hours)
    This 5-day academy will provide hands-on commercial and residential ventilation operations, high density forcible entry, large area search procedures, RIC deployments, air management principles and so much more! Steve Reno, Ed Hadfield
  • First Due Operations - IDLH (24 Hours)
    This course will allow participant to learn, apply, develop and coordinate effective fire suppression tactics in IDLH conditions. This will be facilitated under an ICS Command & Control structure while maintaining accountability and safety of all personnel on the fire ground. It is imperative that first responders train in like environments with multi-tasking coordination with effective communication while stabilizing an incident. This course is fluid and demanding with all firefighting skill sets. Tim Adams, Tim Sandifer
  • Ventilation: Why is easy, HOW, not so much. (8 Hours)
    Knowing the main ventilation tasks is important, but knowing the type, location, and more so the coordination at a strategic level is even more important to first responders' safety and the service to our public, the customer Tim Adams, Tim Sandifer
  • Elevator Rescue (8 Hours)
    Our -day course will consist of 2 components. We will begin with a classroom session covering the fundamentals of elevator rescues. The hands-on portion will provide attendees the opportunity to follow step-by-step procedures, LOTO, picking, poling, drifting, rescue methods, rope systems and Phase 1 & 2. This course will demonstrate how to execute elevator rescues safely and efficiently. Jason Watts
  • Trench Rescue: Inside the Box (36 Hours)
    This course provides the skills and knowledge needed for the trench rescue technician to work safely and efficiently in a trench rescue environment. This hands-on training program includes trench and excavation regulations, soil characteristics, trench configurations and hazards, rescue team preparation, incident response, initial on-scene and pre-entry operations, shoring systems and components, shoring system installation, victim rescue and recovery, and incident termination. This course incorporates awareness, operations, and technician training based on NFPA 1006 (2021). Jeff Hakola
  • SFM Engine Ops: Stretching, Flowing, and Moving (8 Hours)
    With an emphasis on the first line, this class focuses on the art of stretching, flowing, and moving a hoseline. A goal on every fire is for the first unit to arrive on scene and get a line to the seat of the fire as quickly and efficiently as possible. How we achieve that relies heavily on our ability to estimate the stretch, deploy the line, and manage it from point A to point B. In addition to advancing the line, students will also learn both the positive and negative effects an engine company can have on the fire, an introduction to stream selection, water mapping, air entrainment, and single person forcible entry. Students can look forward to a full day of discussion and hands-on, scenario-based training aimed at making your next stretch as efficient as possible. Rick Archuleta, JD Flint, Ryan Morrison
  • SFT Common Passenger Vehicle Rescue Technician (2021) (24 Hours)
    Offering the new State Fire Training auto extrication curriculum, all participants will be educated on today’s vehicle anatomy and the process to work with and through the challenges that they bring to the accident scene. Real world vehicle accident scenarios will test all who attend as they are tasked to work through challenging stabilization and extrication operations. Students will learn how to size-up the scene and execute proper scene safety protocols. The use of primary and secondary stabilization and the use of stabilization struts, hand tools, electric and hydraulic extrication tools, and the proper use of air bags for extrication will be utilized. Students will also be expected to put together a plan for victim extraction and proper patient transfer to EMS personnel. Barton Pearson, Don Lacy, Jake Dean
  • REMS (5 days)
    Justin Moore
  • Engineer Academy
    Engineer Academy Fresno 2024 The Engineer Academy is a great opportunity to build real-world skills in a hands- on environment. With a heavy emphasis on drills and scenarios, the academy is geared toward the engine Driver/Operator. The Engineer Academy will help: -Firefighters looking to take their department’s Engineer exam -Firefighters who drive and operate and want to improve their skillset -Engineers looking for more experience Topics covered will include: -First-due pumping operations -Water supply operations -Multi-company scenarios -Pre-trip inspections -And more! The Engineer Academy is taught by instructors with real-world experience and is held over the course of the entire week in Fresno. The academy will include some classroom time to support the hands-on training. Students should have: completed DO 1A and 1B OR an equivalent amount of training and experience prior to the academy. Jeff Malinowski
  • FF Survival
    D Valenzuela
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