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SB-739 Fire prevention: defensible space and home hardening training.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 01/15/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  January 15, 2020
Amended  IN  Senate  January 06, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 739


Introduced by Senator Stern
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Friedman)

February 22, 2019


An act to add and repeal Section 4291.6 of the Public Resources Code, relating to fire prevention.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 739, as amended, Stern. Fire prevention: defensible space and home hardening training.
Existing law requires the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection to identify areas in the state as very high fire hazard severity zones based on specified criteria and the severity of the fire hazard. Existing law requires a person who owns, leases, controls, operates, or maintains an occupied dwelling or structure in, upon, or adjoining a mountainous area, forest-covered land, brush-covered land, grass-covered land, or land that is covered with flammable material that is within a very high fire hazard severity zone, as designated by a local agency, or a building or structure in, upon, or adjoining those areas or lands within a state responsibility area, to maintain a defensible space of 100 feet from each side and from the front and rear of the structure, as specified.
This bill would require the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to develop and implement a training program program, as provided, to train individuals to support and augment the department in its defensible space and home hardening assessment and education efforts. The bill would require the department to issue a certification of completion to individuals who have successfully completed the training program. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2025.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 4291.6 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

4291.6.
 (a) The department shall develop and implement a training program to train individuals to support and augment the department in its defensible space and home hardening assessment and education efforts. The training program shall do all of the following:
(1) Provide for consistent training for third-party assessors.
(2) Prepare individuals to conduct defensible space assessments in state responsibility areas.
(3) Ensure that all defensible space and home hardening assessment and education programs undertaken by the department and by third parties are conducted to the same standard standard, with an emphasis on home ignition zone principles, and use coordinated messaging, including messages at www.readyforwildfire.org or a successor internet website, as updated by the department.
(b) Upon an individual’s successful completion of the training program, the department shall issue a certification of completion to the individual.
(c) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed.