The “Soberanes Fire” located generally on the Big Sur Coast and inland areas of Monterey County started on July 22, 2016, and traveled southeast through the Los Padres National Forest, well beyond the community of Big Sur. The fire has moved nearly 30 miles to the south from its original area of origin. Forward movement of the fire has been stopped and any remaining active fire is well within the established containment lines.The fire is under the command of South Central Incident Management Team. This is the 6th management team assigned to the incident. The fire is now 100% contained and in a patrol status. A total of 68 structures have been lost, 5 structures have been damaged, 1 fatality and 12 injuries have occurred, and 3 pieces of apparatus have been destroyed. The fire has burned over 132,000 acres. Approximately 400 personnel are currently assigned to the incident. The cause of the fire has been determined as an “unattended, illegal campfire” that occurred near the Soberanes Canyon Trail in Garrapata State Park. The fire is the costliest in U.S. history in terms of actual firefighting costs at over 230 million dollars. The fire is also the 18th largest fire in California history in terms of acres burned. The following links are providing daily updates on the fire:
Welcome to the website of the Monterey County Fire Training Officers Association. Our goal with this website is two fold. First, our desire is to assist members of the fire service, and fire service candidates, in receiving up-to-date training that meets their individual training needs. Individual training and continuing education in the fire service is a vital component to a successful fire service career. Secondly, we wish to assist fire service agencies in meeting their overall training objectives. We hope to accomplish this by linking fire service agencies with the resources, materials, and opportunities they need to have a successful training division with measurable results. Fire service training is continually evolving. A variety of improved delivery methods through new technology has opened many doors and provides new opportunities that were not possible in the past. Our desire is that this website will capture these new technologies and make them available to all members of the fire service.
The Monterey County Fire Training Officers Association (MCFTOA) has supported and provided fire service training in Monterey County for over forty years. As a standing committee of the Monterey County Fire Chiefs Association, the MCFTOA has hosted numerous classes over the years on many fire service related topics. Recent classes include S-234 Ignition Operations, practical Auto Extrication Techniques, Peer Fitness Trainer Certification, The Charleston Report, PC 832 Reserve Officer Training, S-440 Planning Section Chief, Elevator Rescue, The Cutting Edge Command Officer, Certification Track Update, Off Road Driving Skills, in addition to annual live-fire wildland firefighting training at Fort Hunter Liggett. In supporting individual personnel training, we recently provided scholarship opportunities for Monterey County fire service personnel by covering 50 % of the registration fee for selected classes, and offered full class reimbursements for up to (5) individuals from each Monterey County fire agency for flood and swiftwater awareness training in preparation for the 2015-2016 El Nino event.
Along with hosting individual training classes, the MCFTOA supports fire service training efforts by operating the Monterey County Fire Library at the Monterey Peninsula College Public Safety Training Center. The library contains hundreds of training materials and resources available for check-out by active members of the MCFTOA. Click on the “Fire Library” tab for additional information on the Monterey County Fire Library.
Believing in the importance of formal pre-service and continuing education, the MCFOTA has maintained a long standing partnership with Monterey Peninsula College and the California Fire Academy at Monterey Bay. The MCFTOA serves as the MPC Fire Technology Advisory Committee and many members of the fire service in Monterey County are Instructors with MPC’s Firefighter 1 Academy. The California Fire Academy at Monterey Bay is operated through Monterey Peninsula College located on the former Fort Ord Military Installation at the Monterey Peninsula College Public Safety Training Center. For more information on the Firefighter 1 Academy and the California Fire Academy at Monterey Bay offered through Monterey Peninsula College, click on the “Monterey Peninsula College” tab to the left.
Membership in the MCFTOA is open to both active and retired emergency services personnel in Monterey County. Our goal is to have 100% participation from every fire service agency in Monterey County. Click on our “Membership” tab for more information on membership opportunities including a membership application, meeting schedule, and corporate bylaws. We hope this website helps you meet your individual and department training needs. Please feel free to contact us at mcftoa@gmail for any training related information you may need or any suggestions you have to improve the delivery of fire service training in Monterey County.
Each year since 1982, the Monterey County Fire Chiefs Association recognizes individuals from local fire service agencies whose dedication to the fire service in Monterey County deserves acknowledgement. To recognize these outstanding individuals, the MCFCA hosts an annual awards luncheon. This year’s awards luncheon was held in Castroville, CA. on January 21, 2016. The awards winners were:
2015 Career Firefighter of the Year, Firefighter Anthony Prado from the Marina Fire Department.
2015 Volunteer Firefighter of the Year, Fire Chief Cheryl Goetz from the Mid Coast Fire Brigade.
2015 Support Person of the Year, Karry Kuntz from the Monterey County Regional Fire District.