​Training Bureau

About Our Bureau Training Centers Training Resources Facilities

Available Classes for Fire Personnel

Online Class Catalog

Training Bureau - Training Chief's Message

Training Intranet Page Header.png

“The Training Bureau is responsible for the on-going training and implementation of safety standards of all firefighters within the CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department. The Training Bureau strives to accomplish the mission of the Department by delivering quality training and safety programs in a cost effective manner to comply with established laws, regulations and standards

My commitment as the Training Chief is to provide leadership for the continued advancement of public safety training and education. To instill training excellence, firefighter safety, and the shaping of tomorrow's fire service. With an emphasis on creating an impact that lasts beyond the end time of the training itself.&rdquo

- Battalion Chief Scott Slumpff B-3117 

Training Mission Statement

Consistent with the Department's mission, the training program and process aspires to develop, enhance and perfect capabilities of its human resources, providing leadership through the mutual sharing of knowledge, skills and abilities with cooperating agencies

"Taking pride in helping others accomplish their goals."

Ben Clark Training Center History

Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center (BCTC) was made possible by the realignment of March Air Force Base. In November 1995 the Joint Powers Authority (JPA) identified acreage in the western portion of the base as “…reserved to create a Riverside County Sheriffs Training Academy.” The area encompasses approximately 400 acres and includes buildings and facilities which were home to the former non–commissioned Officers Academy and the 15th Air Force Headquarters.

The vision of an integrated public safety training facility was realized in 1996, when the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (now CALFIRE)/Riverside County Fire Department entered into a formal alliance with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at the time March Air Force Base was being realigned from an active military base to a reserve base. The location was designated the Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center (BCTC) by resolution of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors on September 24, 1996. CALFIRE/Riverside County Fire Department and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department training programs were moved to the BCTC in the same year. A facility management team with key representatives of each agency was organized to provide oversight and direction for the new facility.

Oue departments
Oue departments

CALFIRE, Riverside County Fire, Riverside Community College District and the Riverside County Training Officers Association work collaboratively to identify training needs and to provide quality education for the region. The BCTC has become a centralized training center facility that offers, Emergency Medical Technician courses, Paramedic Training and Recertification, POST Academies, SFM Certified Fire Academy and Fire Technology Associate of Science Degree. It is also the location of the majority of State Fire Marshal FSTEP and CSFTES course offerings in Riverside County.

Today the Ben Clark Public Training Center has classrooms, burn towers, burn props, scenario buildings, an equine complex, student housing, physical training facilities, a shooting range, and administrative offices. A facilities use plan was developed in 1997. Future plans include completion of scenario buildings, dining facilities, and remodeling of existing structures to accommodate additional interactive fire, emergency medical and law enforcement personnel training.

Training Centers

Ben Clark Training Center

16902 Bundy Avenue
Riverside (March ARB), CA 92518
(951) 571-8612

Roy Wilson Desert Training Center

72564 Ramon Road
Thousand Palms, CA 9227
(760) 343-0567

Training Resources

Class Equipment Requirements

Dress Code


Dorm Rooms and Housing

Dorm Rooms are available to facilitate training. The rooms consist of two beds, two lockers and a desk. Dorm room rate is $34.00/night per person, payable the first day of class. To reserve a room, please complete the Dorm Registration form below and email the form to: RRU.TrainingReceptionist@fire.ca.gov. For questions, call 951-571 8612.

Registration Form Room Description

Due to Riverside County Policy, WE CANNOT ACCEPT CASH. Please make your check or money order payable to "Riverside County Fire Department". Costs and other information regarding dorm rooms can be viewed through the links on this page.

Training Links