Responding to all types of emergencies on a daily basis is the job done by CAL FIRE's fire personnel. Those emergencies take the form of wildland fires, residential/commercial structure fires, automobile accidents, heart attacks, drownings, lost hikers, hazardous material spills on highways, train wrecks, floods, earthquakes - the list is endless.
Maintaining the sustainability of all these natural resources is the goal of the CAL FIRE Resource Management Program. The Department achieves this goal by administering state and federal forestry assistance programs for landowners, demonstrating sound management practices on eight demonstration state forests, enforcing the California Forest Practice Act on all non-federal timberlands, providing research and educational outreach to the public.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal supports the mission of CAL FIRE by focusing on fire prevention, through a wide variety of fire safety responsibilities including: regulating buildings in which people live, congregate, or are confined; by controlling substances and products which may, in and of themselves, or by their misuse, cause injuries, death and destruction by fire; by providing statewide direction for fire prevention within wildland areas; by regulation hazardous liquid pipelines; by developing and reviewing regulations and building standards; and by providing training and education in fire protection methods and responsibilities.
These achievements are accomplished through several major program elements including training, engineering, prevention, fire and life safety, code development and enforcement.
Providing extensive technical and public information for statewide fire threat, fire hazard, watersheds, socio-economic conditions, environmental indicators, and forest-related climate change.
Developing policies and programs that serve the public interest in environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable management of forest and rangelands, and a fire protection system that protects and serves the people of the state.
Providing information and education to people of all ages, in public forums, through the media and worldwide web, and the distribution and display of printed material.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has launched Returning Veterans; Enlisting Their Skills for CAL FIRE Service (R.V.E.T.S). R.V.E.T.S. is CAL FIRE’s grassroots effort to assist veterans with integration and transition into service with the Department. In partnership with a variety of organizations including; but not limited to, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), and the California National Guard (Cal Guard), and the United States Armed Services, R.V.E.T.S. explores a variety of employment options and educational opportunities for veterans who have successfully served as well as those who continue to serve in the National Guard and Reserves.
CAL FIRE is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity for all employees, applicants for employment, and volunteers.
Supporting the successful performance and retention of employees through consistency and best practices; utilizing policies, leadership, on boarding, investigations, and progressive discipline, thereby maintaining a well-trained and diverse CAL FIRE workforce.
The Law Enforcement program is an integral part of the CAL FIRE mission, protecting the State’s natural resources and people of the state of California for over 100 years. In 1887, employees of the Board of Forestry, including their assistants, were endowed with the power of a Peace Officer. During that year, the first Chief of Law Enforcement was appointed solely for the purpose of enforcing forest and fire laws within the State. The responsibility for enforcement of forest and fire laws and fire control passed to the Division of Forestry with the creation of the Department of Natural Resources in 1927.