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INTRODUCTION

Firefighter EssentialsFounded in Trinity County California, Project Trinity is designed to bring standardized NFPA-1000 Firefighter 1 training to the rural volunteer fire service. Currently, the program includes distributing text books and the FSTI Volunteer Firefighter Training Syllabus at no charge to participating agencies. The program is supported by an extensive automated library within this website. With the introduction of the “6th Edition of Essentials of Firefighting” Project Trinity will introduce on-line web based distribution.

Currently, Memorandums of Agreement have been signed by seven chief associations and six individual departments representing more than 2,200 firefighters throughout California and one in Nevada with additional association agreements pending.

FSTI has entered into formal agreements with the Oklahoma State University, International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA), Jones and Bartlett Publishing and Deer Valley Press for significantly reduced text book and supporting materials pricing. These publishers have agreed to provide electronic materials at no charge to those organizations who have signed MOA’s with FSTI. These agreements include license agreements for use of program materials extend to MOA signers.

Benjamin Franklin is credited with starting the American fire service and the American insurance industry. Clearly, one compliments the other because insured property needs to be protected. Supporting the relationship between the insurance industry and the American fire service, Farmers Insurance has been the principal sponsor of the program since 2008.

It is essential that fire fighters receive consistent and uniformed training regardless of their classification of career, seasonal, part-time, extra help, paid call or volunteer. In support of “Mission Alignment” and “2020,” the California Fire Service Training and Education Systems (CFSTES) meets the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress and the Pro Board Fire Service Professional Qualifications System (Pro Board) requirements. These standards are reasonable but challenging for the volunteer fire service because of costs and the time commitment required accomplishing the entire process for individual certification. Project Trinity is designed to help rural volunteer fire departments overcome these challenges.

Fire Services Training Institute COVER SHEETIt is not the intent of this program to subsidize the entire firefighter training program on behalf of student firefighters but to facilitate the uniformed distribution of training materials.

The current program serves volunteer departments within California. However, with additional funding, FSTI hopes to sign MOA’s with departments from other states and Mexico. Funding is the only limitation to our ability to expand the program.

Project Trinity is an ongoing program. Program expansion plans include, but are not limited to, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona.

Other projects that FSTI is engaged that compliments Project Trinity include the following:

WORKSHOPS

Workshop InformationVolunteer Fire Management & Leadership Workshops: “One Size Does Not Fit All” is a specialized course of instruction designed to assist chiefs and administrators of small volunteer companies. Classes are held over two weekends to better meet the time limitations of many smaller departments. The workshops are based on principles and best management practices for complying with requirements essential to running a small volunteer organization. In conjunction with fore California State Fire Marshal Ronny J. Coleman, FSTI has developed a program syllabus and training materials to support this leadership program. The original program was funded by Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant program.

Rural Fire Service Fire Service Leadership Recruitment & Retention Workshop: For over four years, FSTI supported the California State Firefighters’ Association (CSFA) Volunteer Committee’s volunteer workshops providing educational materials to volunteer fire fighters in Northern California. This program was funded by a FEMA/DHS Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant secured by CSFA.

FSTI MEDIA GROUP

“Table Talk with Ronny J. Coleman” (cafsti.net/tabletalk/): Ronny J. Coleman is the former California State Fire Marshal and current chair of the California State Firefighters’ Association Volunteer Committee. “Table Talk with Ronny J. Coleman” is a series of 30 minute programs based on his book “Chief’s Clipboard, 20 Years of Ronny J. Coleman.”

Community Alert Radio Program: FSTI is a co-sponsor of the radio program Community Alert on KZSB – AM 1290, a public preparedness awareness show hosted by Mike Williams and Ted Adams. Airing live once and repeating five times throughout the week, the radio program is also available on demand via the Internet. Community Alert features interviews with public safety and community leaders focusing on citizen awareness and preparation. The sponsorship has also allowed for the production of several Internet based television programs.

FSTI Volunteer Library: As part of Project Trinity, FSTI operates an automated library within this website that contains over 11,000 training and operational documents for use by participating MOA signatories and and FSTI members.The site is supported and updated by FSTI, including the development of individual files for those organizations participating in Project Trinity.

FSTI Media Documentary Group: FSTI has a volunteer group that provides videography and photography for FSTI events and projects. The group produced four mini documentaries of FSTI projects. The group has archived over 120 hours of video in the past three years.

FSTINet: FSTINet is an automated mailing list serve for training officers throughout California. The system is offered at no charge to agencies and educational organizations. FSTINet sends messages to over 350 subscribers within the fire service community. FSTINet one network in association with the Los Angeles Area Fire Marshal Association and California Arson Net.

PROJECT DOCUMENTS

Volunteer Fire Fighter Training Syllabus, 3rd Edition (2014)

Volunteer Fire Fighter Training Syllabus, Nevada (2015)

2014 CICCS Qualification Guide

California State Fire Training Procedures Manual

NWCG Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide

Nevada State Fire Marshal Firefighter I Manipulative Skills, 2013 Edition

Nevada State Fire Marshal Board of Fire Services Professional Qualifications Manual, 2013 Edition

Nevada State Fire Marshal 10 Certification Evaluators Guide Book, 2013 Edition

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Michael S. Williams
President-Executive Director
Fire Services Training Institute
805-448-1422

Anthony Miranda
Corporate Secretary
818-621-3010

Kathy McKee
Treasurer
805-682-9810

PROJECT CONSULTING

Ronny J. Coleman
Fireforce 1
(Volunteer fire service and training)
916-799-5363

Jerry Davies
(Insurance industry liaison)
805-559-0082

Darryl Cleveland
Public Safety Program Director
Truckee Meadows Community College
775-302-6124

PRIMARY SPONSOR FARMERS INSURANCE

Ginger Tapert
Farmers Insurance
951-662-3639

BETA TEST AGENCIES

Wayne Eder
Smith Valley FPD
Nevada Fire Chief’s Association
717-684-9443

Dave Loeffler
Trinity County Fire Chiefs Association
530-628-5126

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY FIRE PROTECTION PUBLICATIONS – IFSTA

Mike Sturzenbecker
IFSTA – Sales
405-385-1565

John Konrad
IFSTA – Sales
310-625-7044

FIRE FIGHTER I 3rd EDITION SYLLABUS

Michael S. Williams
President-Executive Director
Fire Services Training Institute
805-448-1422

Roberta Macintyre
Sonoma County Department of Emergency Services
707-888-8490

John Knoerle
Editor
773-252-6480

DEER VALLEY PRESS

William Teie
530-676-7401

WEBSITE

Monty Gearhart
WCES
919-773-8689

ACCOUNTING

Andrea Villanueva
Nicholson & Schwartz
805-969-9662

ADDITIONAL SPONSOR

Dave Adams
Emergency Reporting
866-773-7678