CSTI Celebrates 50 Years of Training California’s Emergency Responders



The California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) originated in 1971 when then California Governor Ronald Reagan and U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese authorized the creation of an institute to train military and police organizations in techniques to quell potential antiwar civil disorders.

By 1985, the operation moved out from under the military department and was transferred to the Office of Emergency Services and now offers over 600 trainings. CSTI has evolved into an internationally respected multidiscipline operation.

California experiences numerous unique disasters that first responders and emergency managers must be ready to respond to at any moment. Training is a critical part of that process in which CSTI builds confidence in their ability to respond to whatever comes their way.

CSTI hosts specialized training programs address specific areas, including Earthquake Preparedness, Officer Safety and Field Tactics, Disaster Medical Operations, Disaster Mitigation, Hazardous Materials (HazMat), Damage Assessment & Recovery, Flood Management, Standardized Emergency Management Systems and more.

Over the last 50 years CSTI has training thousands of emergency responders not only in California but nationwide. Along with constantly evolving with the times, providing the most up to date materials, utilizing new technologies, and adapting to any new emerging threats.

CSTI is committed to training California’s responders to ensure a safer California.

Learn more about CSTI and their training programs here.