San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit Training


The CZU Training Battalion is responsible for the delivery and documentation of training and safety for all career and volunteer personnel. The Battalion will ensure that all federal, state, and local training mandates, laws, and regulations are followed as they pertain to training.

The Battalion will operate within and enforce the policies and procedures of CAL FIRE, San Mateo County Fire Department, Santa Cruz County Fire Department, Coastside Fire Protection District, Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District, San Mateo County Fire Chiefs Association, and the Santa Cruz County Fire Chiefs Association.

Every career and volunteer employee is personally responsible for their career development and ensuring they maintain currency with mandatory training certifications required by state/federal mandates and department policy.

CZU training goals are to ensure all personnel receive opportunities for trainings that our required for their specific position. Our Region Office works with training staff to help coordinate CZU training at regional training locations. CZU also works closely we our cooperators at the Cabrillo Community College, San Mateo County Training Officers Association and Santa Cruz County Training Officers Association.

Special Operations

The Unit’s Special Operations Division provides professional leadership and clear direction in the operational design, development and delivery of the highest quality technical rescue, advanced life support and fire suppression specialty programs within CAL FIRE San Mateo – Santa Cruz.

The Division delivers Technical Rescue to the firefighters within the Unit. Additional the Division provides monthly training opportunities for the North Division of the Unit, which includes:

Station 17 (Belmont)
Station 18 (Cordilleras)
Station 40 (Half Moon Bay)
Station 41 (El Granada)
Station 44 (Moss Beach)
Station 55 (Loma Mar Volunteers)
Station 56 (Kings Mountain Volunteers)
Station 57 (La Honda Volunteers)
Station 58 (Skylonda)
Station 59 (Pescadero)
Half Moon Bay Volunteers

Monthly training topics include fire suppression, confined space awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations, forcible entry, auto extrication and numerous other topics.

In addition to the regular monthly drills, the Special Operations Division also delivers Rope Rescue Operational, Rope Rescue Technician, Driver/ Operator classes, and Volunteer Firefighter, Paid Firefighter Orientation, and Company Officer Academies.

The Special Operations Division also coordinates the delivery of several Emergency Medical Services classes (CPR, Emergency Medical Responder, Public Safety First Aid, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support). The Division also provides clinical oversight for the North Division Emergency Medical Responders including Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support (Paramedics).

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