The Fire Services Training Institute (FSTI) provides training to today's volunteer public safety community including non-profit, industrial and tribal fire agencies. Founded in 2006, FSTI is a California non-profit public benefit corporation with both state and federal tax exempt status. Our mission is to bring quality training to firefighters and to promote community safety. The FSTI motto is: Adapt, Overcome, Improvise and Persevere.
FSTI works closely with local, state and federal agencies to ensure the availabilty of quality instruction and training programs throughout the State of California. All instructors are regionally based and accredited by agencies such as the California State Fire Marshal's Office, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group-NWCG or the California Peace Officers Standards & Training-POST. FSTI adheres to the California State Fire Training Instructor Code of Ethics and Conduct. Every instructor is committed to abide by our mission statement and principles of ethical conduct including non-descrimination.
Training is supported by the community for the community. Funding for FSTI comes from public, corporate and private grants as well as corporate sponsorships. FSTI is the training arm for CSFA, providing training on behalf of CSFA, as well as logistical support of CSFA events and conferences.
The CSFA Volunteer Committee, Fire Services Training Institute and the Trinity County Fire Chief's Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a coordinated volunteer firefighter training program in November 2012. Joining the signing was Hayfork Chief David Loeffler, Weaverville Chief Scott Alvord, local Farmers agent Cheryl Schofield, Sonoma County Assistant Chief Robert MacIntyre and FSTI President-Executive Director Michael S.
"One of the most important strategic initiatives of the Volunteer Committee is to provide support to the California volunteer fire service" said former California State Fire Marshal Ronny Colman in his letter to the chief's association. The CSFA Volunteer Firefighter Training Syllabus is the foundation of a significant training
program authored Robert MacIntyre with assistance from various fire service professionals, the Volunteer Committee and FSTI based on the California State Fire Training Volunteer Firefighter 1 program.
FSTI supports the program with formal agreements with the University of Oklahoma IFSTA for the 5th Edition Essentials of Firefighting and Deer Valley Press for Firefighter's Handbook on Wildland Firefighting and Leadership for the Wildland Fire Officer. Farmers Insurance is providing long-term corporate financial support to the program. Farmers Vice President and FSTI Director Jerry Davies recently said that "Farmers is committed to supporting this important community program."
Chief Coleman added in his letter, "The partnership with CSFA, FSTI, IFSTA and Farmers is a step in the right direction for assuring that volunteer firefighters are properly prepared to serve their community."