3540 Department of Forestry, Fire Protection
Mission Statement

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) serves and safeguards the people and protects the property and resources of California.

CAL FIRE provides all hazard emergency - fire, medical, rescue and disaster - response to the public and provides leadership in the protection of life, property and natural resources.

CAL FIRE safeguards the public through: engineering; research, development and adoption of regulations; fire and life safety programs; fire prevention, law enforcement, and public information & education; resource protection; and emergency response.

CAL FIRE limits the damage caused by fires, disasters, environmental degradation, and related emergencies by employing diverse yet complimentary efforts including: training California's fire service professionals; public education and prevention awareness; responsible stewardship of our natural resources; and natural resource and emergency management.

CAL FIRE's highly trained professionals and leaders cultivate mutually beneficial and cost-effective relationships with all levels of government and the private sector to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of public safety programs and mitigate emergencies in the urban, rural, and wild land areas of California.

CAL FIRE promotes a culture of innovation, accountability, integrity, diversity, planning, workplace safety, and teamwork to foster an efficient and effective organizational environment.

Since Department programs drive the need for infrastructure investment, each Department has a related capital outlay program to support this need. For the specifics on CAL FIRE's Capital Outlay Program, see "Infrastructure Overview."