3540 Department of Forestry, Fire Protection
Major Program Changes
- Helicopters-The Budget includes provisional language to allow CAL FIRE to proceed with procurement of 12 replacement helicopters. Fleet replacement will enhance CAL FIRE's initial attack capabilities and improve its ability to contain wildfires quickly.
- Hiring and Training-The Budget includes $7.3 million General Fund and $1.6 million reimbursements to expand CAL FIRE's training academy and allow for adequate position coverage while new permanent hires attend basic fire control classes at the academy.