About the California
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), it is “dedicated
to the fire protection and stewardship of over 31 million acres of California's privately-owned wildlands. In addition,
the Department provides varied emergency services in 36 of the State's 58 counties via contracts with local governments.
The Department's firefighters, fire engines, and aircraft respond to an average of more than 5,600 wildland fires each
year. Those fires burn more than 172,000 acres annually.
The OSFM, State Fire Training, and CAL FIRE Academy programs provide training education
and certification programs for the California Fire Service. Through practical training exercises and classroom courses, every
California firefighter is exposed to training standards that have been approved by CAL FIRE and OSFM, each among the best
institutions in the nation for fire training education. Offering more than 1,000 classes annually, State Fire Training programs
reach over 24,000 students each year and have issued over 100,000 certifications to members of the more than 900 fire California
fire departments. Each year over 2,000 personnel attend the CAL FIRE Academy in Ione, California participating in courses
ranging from basic fire control and arson investigation, to leadership development and forest practice enforcement.”