CCOE/CalFire partner of firefighter academy

Colusa County Office of Education (CCOE) in partnership with CalFire will offer a basic wildland firefighter academy beginning on February 26, 2016.

The 9-10 week course (180 hours) is open to adults and high school students who are age 18 by June 1, 2016. Classes will be held at the CCOE Education Village located at 101 Marguerite Street in Williams on Friday evenings 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm and 8 am – 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Only 25-30 students will be accepted for this program and applications close on January 29.

CCOE Superintendent Michael West commented that this is an excellent opportunity for youth and adults to gain education and preparedness for future career employment. The program is an entry-level CCOE/Career Technical Education course which will prepare students or a career in the public service industry sector.

“The class is filling quickly, so we recommend immediate registration,” said West.

The application form is available online at

Completed applications must be returned with tuition payment to the attention of Diana Corkill at the CCOE Education Village, 101 Marguerite Street, in Williams.

Students will be provided with an opportunity to earn a CalFire Basic Wildland Firefighter Certificate, NWCG S-190, S-130, L-180, ICS-100, as well as an emergency care provider CPR Certificate D.O.T. First Responder EMS Certification CCOE/CTE Certificate of Completion.

Additionally the program will provide quality instructions for all students qualifying them to earn up to 18 CalFire certifications and eligibility for potential CalFire employment beginning June 1, 2016.

Training may include; fire attack strategies, wildland fire control, interior structure operations, fire engine operations, fire line construction, firefighter safety and job search techniques.

The hands-on course may also include structure firefighting, fire stream deployment, search and rescue, wildland fire operations, structure fire operations wildland hose lays, hand line construction, helicopter operations, rope rescue techniques, injury triage and ambulance operations.

Tuition for adults is $750. West commented that this

There is no cost for high school seniors. There is also a State Hazmat Certification fee and a CPR Certification fee of $25 each. Applicants are responsible for all costs associated with physical evaluation and inoculations. They must wear undamaged 100 percent leather boots and gloves during the course.

There is possible tuition assistance for qualified applicants through One Stop Partnership.

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