Welcome to OSFM
Welcome to the Office of State Fire Marshal.


The mission of the State Fire Marshal is to protect life and property through the development and application of fire prevention engineering, education and enforcement.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal supports the mission of the CAL FIRE by focusing on fire prevention. The Office of the State Fire Marshal provides support 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 engineering, education, enforcement and support from the State Board of Fire Services.

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Chief's Monthly Message and OSFM Report

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International Code Council Government Relations Update
President Obama Proclaims May 2013 National Building Safety Month

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Pipeline Safety Training for First Responders

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NIST Report on Highrise Firefighting

When responding to fires in high-rise buildings, firefighting crews of five or six members-instead of three or four-are significantly faster in putting out fires and completing search-and-rescue operations, concludes a major new study* carried out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with five other organizations. Results of the study, carried out with 13 Washington, D.C.-area fire departments, were presented at the 2013 Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Conference in Phoenix. For more information and to download the report, click on the following links. THE REPORT: D. Wissoker and K. A. Notarianni, Report on High-Rise Fireground Field Experiment, [NIST Technical Note 1797], April 2013. Available at: http://www.firereporting.org/

**The Report on Residential Fireground Field Experiments [NIST Technical Note 1661] can be downloaded at: http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=904607

CPSC Recalls Ryobi Cordless Tool Battery Pack

In cooperation with the CPSC, One World Technologies has recalled their Ryobi Lithium 18 V 4Ah battery packs. The battery pack can overheat and burst while on a charger, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. The recalled battery pack has been confirmed as UL/cUL Recognized.

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CPSC Recalls Jerdon Style One-Cup Coffeemakers

In cooperation with the CPSC, Jerdon Style LLC has recalled their one-cup coffeemakers. According to the recall, the coffeemaker can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. Jerdon Style notified UL regarding the upcoming recall via email on February 18, 2013. PIR 2013FR-269 was opened to address the recall. The link to the recall is below.

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Fire is Everyone's Fight

This presentation was provided by the Office of the State Fire Marshal in partnership with Safe Kids California and Shriner’s Hospital Sacramento during the February 7 Burn and Fire Prevention workshop.

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Station Nightclub Fire Documentary Web Series

February 20, 2013 will mark 10 years since the tragic Station Nightclub fire. That fire killed 100 people and injured many more in both physically and mentally. The information below provides a reminder of this incident and how we must continue to press forward so that tragedies like this are not repeated.

Weekly episodes will begin on February 20, the ten year anniversary of the Station fire. They will be available for viewing free of charge, sponsored by Tyco International and can be viewed on the official website http://www.youtube.com/user/TheStationWebSeries

This project is based in part on FROM THE ASHES, a book co-authored by Paul Lonardo and Gina Russo, a Station fire survivor and current president of the Station Memorial Foundation http://www.stationfirememorialfoundation.org/aboutus.html

Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Offers New, Free Tools to Clear Up Confusion About Residential Sprinkler Water Supply and Usage.

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Office of the State Fire Marshal - Statutes and Regulations Class

This two-day course is developed for fire prevention personnel, building officials and related design professionals to obtain an understanding of laws and regulations that effect fire and life safety enforcement in California and who are concerned on a day to day basis with:
• The scope and authority of local departments relative to fire and life safety Statutes and Regulations.
• The review of Health and Safety Codes that relate to inspection responsibilities.
• The continuing need for awareness of State Fire Safety Laws and Regulations on local fire jurisdictions.
• The correct understanding and use of modifications to model Building and Fire Codes.
• The applicability and content of Title 19, California Code of Regulations.
• Relevant fire and life safety information not found in other Building and Fire Codes or code classes.

California Solar Permitting Guidebook

The Governor’s Office and state agencies have partnered to produce the California Solar Permitting Guidebook. This guidebook was developed to help local governments improve permitting for small solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The guidebook explains state requirements for solar PV, outlines local permitting steps, and recommends several ways that local agencies can improve permitting of solar PV systems.

To download the California Solar Permitting Guidebook click here.

US EPA Distributes Emergency Response Guides for Soil Fumigants

Building Fires

EMMITSBURG, MD - The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) announces the release of two special reports focusing on the causes and characteristics of fires in one- and two-family and multifamily residential buildings. The reports One- and Two-Family Residential Building Fires (2008-2010) (PDF, 316 Kb) and Multifamily Residential Building Fires (2008-2010) (PDF, 286 Kb), were developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center. One- and two-family residential buildings include detached dwellings, manufactured homes, mobile homes not in transit, and duplexes. Multifamily residential buildings consist of structures such as apartments, townhouses, rowhouses, condominiums, and other tenement properties

For more information on One and Two-Family Residential Building Fires (2008-2010) click here.

For more information on Multifamily Residential Building Fires (2008–2010) click here.

Civilian Fire Fatalities Report

Emmitsburg, MD. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) issued a special report examining the characteristics of civilian fire fatalities in residential buildings. The report, Civilian Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings (2008-2010) was developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center and is based on 2008 to 2010 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).

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US Fire Administration
As part of the United States Fire Administrations (USFA)Topical Fire Report Series, USFA releases Civilian Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings. This report takes a look at information collected between 2007 and 2009. Click here for the report.

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Frequently Accessed Information

Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition

The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) introduces a new video narrated by the California State Fire Marshal to educate California homeowners who are living in homes protected with fire sprinklers. The video, titled “Living With Home Fire Sprinklers in California” is a collaborative effort between HFSC and CAL FIRE- Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM). It teaches homeowners how fire sprinklers work, how to maintain them and it dispels common myths.

Click here to view or download to share with your communities.

California State Fire Marshal Water Discharge for Fire Protection Systems Task Force Best Management Practices Manual

The Best Management Practices Manual provides guidelines for the discharging water from fire protection systems in to the waters of California.

To download a copy of the Best Management Practices Manual click here.

California State Fire Marshal Smoke Alarm Task Force Report Analysis and Recommendations

Understanding, Utilization, and Effectiveness of Smoke Detection Technology including Ionization, Photoelectric, and other Technologies.

To download a copy of the report click here. For Information regarding the Smoke Alarm Task Force click here.

Carbon Monoxide Information and Approved Devices

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Residential Fire Sprinklers in California and the 2010 California Residential Code

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Proposed Title 24 rulemaking.

For more information regarding Title 24 Code Adoptions, Please click here.

Proposed Title 19 rulemaking.

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Title 24 California Building Standards.

For more information regarding the California Building and Fire Codes, Please click here.

Building Materials Listing Program
Click here for 2010-2011 Building Materials Listings.
Click here for information on product compliance policy for Wildland Urban Interface.

Annual Report
Click here to view the 2011 report.
Click here to view the 2010 report.
Click here to view the 2009 report.
Click here to view the 2008 report.
Click here to view the 2007 report.

Fire Law Graphic

2012 California Fire Laws Handbook (includes many building laws) is out and can be purchased through Lexis Nexis
Included are the statutes related to Arbitration of Firefighter Labor Disputes, Employment Regulations and Supervision, and Workers Compensation and Insurance.

This reliable, durable, user-friendly publication with an unbeatable price includes a quick reference index, a comprehensive index, and thorough table of contents

Features At-A-Glance:
• Annotations by LexisNexis' attorney-editors
• Comprehensive Index and Table of Content

The link below is for paperback, e-readers or for mobipocket readers.


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