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​Fire and Rescue Division News / Updates


The following forms have been updated, and are now available for download. They can also be found on the Administration/Reimbursement web page:

For all additional forms and letters, please view the Administration/Reimbursement web page.


The California State Mutual Aid Pre-Incident Preparedness program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment– particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at:

*Photos taken on 9/18/18 during a Preposition Wildland Wind Event in XNE Operational Area


The following forms have been updated, and are now available for download. They can also be found on the ​Reimbursement web page:



The following forms have been updated, and are now available for download. They can also be found on the ​Reimbursement web page:


The following forms have been updated, and are now available for download. They can also be found on the Reimbursement web page:


Cal OES Fire and Rescue Division is now home to the California Fire Service Task Force on Climate Impacts. This Task Force will review and develop policy and operational recommendations associated with the effect of future conditions on California's Fire Service. More information regarding this task force can be found at the above link. 


Cal OES Fire and Rescue Division is now home to the Situational Awareness and Collaboration Tool (SCOUT). Cal OES, in association with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), and through a strategic partnership with the Department of Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), has acquired the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS) software for use by California's emergency services professionals. The statewide deployment of the NICS software will be called SCOUT. More information regarding SCOUT can be found at the above link.


The following forms have been updated, and are now available for download. They can also be found on the Reimbursement web page:



The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) manages a statewide fire and rescue program, providing apparatus on loan to local fire departments for use in their districts, while requiring those departments to staff the vehicles for the state when needed. This program has been around since 1950, and is the cornerstone of the California Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System. For more information on how your department can become an OES Apparatus Assignee, or for information regarding California's Mutual Aid system, please refer to the links below:



The Hazardous Material section is currently in the process of developing a Regional Hazardous Materials Program that will be similar to the Cal OES Fire Engine Program. This program is intended to provide additional response capability and fill in the gaps across the state where there is limited or no response capability for Hazardous Materials by Rail. For more information regarding the Cal OES Type II Apparatus, please refer to the following documents:

For more information regarding the HazMat by Rail Program, please visit the Cal OES HazMat by Rail web page.


The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Fire and Rescue Division is responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of the California Fire Service and Rescue Emergency Mutual Aid Plan. The Plan is developed and updated under guidance and approval of the Fire and Rescue Service Advisory Committee/FIRESCOPE Board of Directors. The continued success of California's unique and highly-effective Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System demands a maximum level of understanding and cooperation by all who use and support it.


Contact Information

Fire and Rescue Division Main Line: Phone: (916) 845-8711 FAX: (916) 845-8396

Nights and Weekends, please call the California State Warning Center: Phone: (916) 845-8911 or (800) 852-7550

To search for a specific individual in the Fire and Rescue Division (including the Hazardous Materials Section), click the "Contacts" link in the menu on the left, or by clicking here.


Fire Activity in California

The links below display historical information and current fire activity happening throughout California.

2016 California Statewide Fire Map (CAL FIRE - Current Activity)

2016 ARCGIS California Wildfire Activity ( - Current Activity)

2015/2016 FIRESCOPE California Wildfire Information ( - Current/Historical Information)

2015 California Wildland Fires (Cal OES - Historical Fire Information)  


Fire Operations

The Operations (OPS) section, under Cal OES Fire and Rescue Division, coordinates the California Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System. Coordinated response through the Mutual Aid System includes responses to Major fires, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Hazardous Materials and other disasters. Other programs Fire Operations include:


The Fleet section, under Cal OES Fire and Rescue Division, manages State owned “All Risk” Fire Engines, Water Tenders and Specialized Rescue Equipment in order to augment Local Government response in support of the California Fire and Rescue Emergency Mutual Aid System. Other programs within Fleet include:

Hazardous Materials


The Hazardous Materials (HazMat) section, under Cal OES Fire and Rescue Division, coordinates statewide implementation of hazardous materials accident prevention and emergency response programs for all types of hazardous materials incidents and threats. In response to any hazardous materials emergency, the Section staff is called upon to provide state and local emergency managers with emergency coordination and technical assistance. Programs within the HazMat Section include:



2020 Emergency Response Guide (ERG) Books Emergency Response Guide (ERG) Books.pdf2020 Emergency Response Guide (ERG) BooksHazMat - ERGs11/17/2020 6:43:25 PM
HazMat Incident Contingency Plan - HMICP Incident Contingency Plan - HMICP.pdfHazMat Incident Contingency Plan - HMICPHazardous Material (HazMat) Incident Contingency Plan - HMICP for State Toxic Disaster PlanningHazMat - HMICP6/17/2019 4:17:48 PM
HazMat Tool Kit Changes Tool Kit Changes - 2014.pdfHazMat Tool Kit ChangesCover sheet describing changes to the HazMat Tool KitHazMat - HazMat Tool Kit6/17/2019 4:17:53 PM
HazMat Tool Kit Part 1 - Intro Tool Kit Part 1 - Intro (January 2014).pdfHazMat Tool Kit Part 1 - IntroPart One provides background information on the Tool Kit, including its purpose, who uses it and when it’s used, objectives, and kinds of toxic substances encountered in emergency response within the State of California.HazMat - HazMat Tool Kit6/17/2019 4:17:54 PM
HazMat Tool Kit Part 2 - COP Tool Kit Part 2 - COP (January 2014).pdfHazMat Tool Kit Part 2 - COPPart Two contains the “Concept of Operations”.HazMat - HazMat Tool Kit6/17/2019 4:17:54 PM
HazMat Tool Kit Part 3 - RR Tool Kit Part 3 - RR (January 2014) V1 2.pdfHazMat Tool Kit Part 3 - RR Part Three contains a description of agency roles and responsibilities, including interagency, state, local, federal, tribal, and non-governmental agencies, and the resources and support that are available during hazardous materials emergencies.HazMat - HazMat Tool Kit12/16/2019 6:42:45 PM
HazMat Tool Kit Part 4 - Attachments Tool Kit Part 4 - Attachments (January 2014).pdfHazMat Tool Kit Part 4 - Attachments Part Four consists of Attachments.HazMat - HazMat Tool Kit6/17/2019 4:17:55 PM


Information regarding each of the six Cal OES regions within California can be found here. Information includes:

  • ​Cal OES Regional Assistant Chief (AC) Maps
  • Cal OES Regional Coordinator Maps
  • ​Event and Document listing specific to each region
  • Images showing the counties within each region


​​Interactive Map

Click the drop down menu in the upper left-hand corner of the interactive map, and then 'Fire' to view Cal OES region contacts.


The Reimbursement section, under Cal OES Fire and Rescue Division, is responsible for the administration of the terms and conditions prescribed under the California Fire Assistance Agreement (CFAA) which includes but is not limited to processing the reimbursement of certain resources that are requested and utilized under the (CFAA). Other programs within Reimbursement include:

  • ​California Fire Assistance Agreement (CFAA)

  • Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC)

  • Apparatus, Support Equipment, and Volunteer Rates

  • Travel Expense Log

  • ​Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) ABC Form, 2015 FMAGP Briefing

  • Salary Survey / Administrative Rate

  • Emergency Activity Record (OES F-42)

  • Special Equipment Rates

​Special Operations

The Special Operations section, under Cal OES Fire and Rescue Division, is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the state and federal US&R Response System, which includes eight multi-disciplinary Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces, twelve Regional Task Forces, eighteen Type II mobile rescue caches, and thirteen Swift Water/Flood Water Rescue Teams in California. Other programs within Special Operations include:

Documents and Publications

Miscellaneous documents, publications, and forms pertaining to Cal OES Fire Division, California Mutual Aid System, Regions and Operational Areas, and Agreements and Contracts, can be found within this section.


(Click the Contacts link to display a listing of all Fire and Rescue Division personnel.)

State Fire and Rescue Chief
Brian Marshall, Chief

Fire Operations (North)
Vernell Brothers, Deputy Chief

Fire Operations (South)
Art Torrez, Deputy Chief

Fire Administration
Lori Lopez, Deputy Chief

Fleet Operations
Mitch Higgins, Deputy Chief

Special Operations / Hazardous Materials
Larry Collins, Deputy Chief

James Johnstone, Deputy Chief


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