Firfighter I Reciprocity

Firefighter I Reciprocity


For fire personnel who possess a Firefighter I (FFI) from the Department of Defense or another State and wish to obtain a California (SFT) FFI, the SRJC has developed a path for students to reach this goal. The first step is to visit the SFT FFI Reciprocity web site ( which will allow you to identify what is required and obtain a SFT Reciprocity Review Letter. If the letter specifies you have met all training requirements and only need to participate in all three modules of the certification exam process (Wildland, Haz-mat FRO & Structure), then you should enroll in Fire 208.4 which includes all three test components. If your SFT authorization letter indicates you only require the Wildland Firefighter certification exam, as an alternative, you may attend the Wildland Fire Academy (Fire 206). Students who enroll in Fire 206 will join the Firefighter I academy during the wildland week and participate in the wildland test process with the academy students. If you wish to attend the course for the entire week, you will also be eligible to receive a CALFIRE Basic Firefighter Certificate (BFFA) since the unit is taught by CALFIRE staff. During this class you will be held to the same standards and code of conduct as the academy students. In addition to receiving a BFFC, upon successful completion students will also receive S-130, 131, 190 & L-180 certs. Please note that because the written test for the wildland is conducted at the end of the academy with the written for the structure and haz-mat modules, it will be necessary for you to return on the test date to pass the course.

While this course satisfies the most common requirement out of state candidates need for a California FFI, it is important to note SFT has additional course requirements which may not be part of the DOD/out-of-State FFI you possess. These include:

  • 16 hour SFT Firefighter Safety and Survival
  • 8 hour SFT Confined Space Awareness
  • CSTI Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations

While not scheduled as a specific “stand-alone” courses, all are offered each semester as a part of the FFI academy which students can attend by joining the academy in process as would occur with the Fire 206 (based on seat availability). The cost of each are based on the cost of the certificates from the respective institutions plus a small fee to cover instruction costs. For more information, please contact Admin. Assistant Heather Wonneberger at or 836-2908