Mark Watkins, Battalion Chief
The Training Bureau Chief reports directly to the Assistant Chief, Administration. The staff includes (1) Battalion Chief, (2) Fire Captains, (1) Fire Apparatus Engineer (winter transitional period assignment), and (1) Clerical position.
The responsibilities of the Training Bureau include the training and records maintenance of 351 employees assigned to the CAL FIRE Fresno Kings Unit and the Fresno County Fire Protection District. Annually, the Training Bureau provides over 900 hours of mandated and required continued professional training to both permanent and paid call firefighter personnel.
Additional responsibilities include the coordination of and the sponsoring of state and local Inter-Agency Communications Systems (ICS) qualifications training, maintenance and supervision of the Unit's Joint Apprenticeship Committee Fire Apparatus Engineer and Firefighter II's.
The Training Bureau staff also responds to state and local emergency incidents which provide ICS overhead support.