The CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit / Shasta County Fire Department Training Bureau is responsible for the coordination, delivery and documentation of training for all career and volunteer personnel in the Shasta County Fire Department and CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit. We ensure that all federal, state, local and departmental training mandates, laws and regulations are followed as they pertain to training. We operate within and enforce the policies and procedures of CAL FIRE, Shasta County Fire Department, and the Shasta County Fire Chief’s Association. Our goal is to assure quality service to the public by developing the skills and abilities of all Shasta County Fire Department’s and CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit’s career and volunteer personnel. This is accomplished through training that is efficient, economical, and consistent with the needs of the public, the County of Shasta, the Fire Department and its members.
The Training Bureau continues its successful relationship with Shasta College through the Shasta Tehama Trinity Public Safety Training Consortium. Through this relationship, we deliver formal training courses throughout Shasta, Tehama and Trinity Counties at a reduced cost to the member Department’s. We are pleased with the program’s success and anticipate continued development in the future.
The Training Bureau continues to implement changes and update the training program in areas of initial safety training and mobile equipment operations for the Shasta County Fire Department. The value of these changes can be seen in the increase of initial volunteers completing their upgrade training within 12 months and an increased level of training provided to the personnel of the Shasta County Fire Department.
In addition to the dedicated volunteers and career personnel that participate in in-service training daily/weekly, we are staffed by a small group of dedicated professionals. During the summer months a Battalion Chief, a Fire Captain and a part time Office Assistant keep the bureau going. In the winter months, the staff is augmented with the addition of 4 Training Officers from CAL FIRE. These Training Officers are assigned (with vehicles and specialized equipment) to bring quality training courses and topics to the 18 Volunteer Fire Companies that make up the Shasta County Fire Department. These courses and topics are primarily delivered on weekends or in the evenings to accommodate the needs of SCFD volunteers. These training sessions include: Structure Fire Operations, Emergency Medical Response, CPR, Ropes & Knots, Hazardous Materials, Vehicle Extrication, Pump Operations, Map Reading & GPS, Fire Investigation, Vegetation Fire Safety/Operations, Swift Water Awareness, and Incident Command Training.
The Training Bureau delivers and coordinates various formal and informal training courses to volunteer and career firefighters throughout the year. On average, the Training Bureau supplies over 3000 instructor hours and the members of Shasta County Fire Department participate in over 10,000 hours of training each year.