On Sunday, May 1, 2016, the Colusa County Office of Education in partnership with CalFire graduated 20 students from its first Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy.
The students participated in a rigorous 180-hour course; including , fire attack strategies, wildland fire control, interior structure operation, fire engine operations, fire engine operations, fire line construction, hazardous materials, firefighter safety, and job search techniques.
Students will received their fire service certifications, a CCOE/CTE Certificate of Achievement and eligibility to apply for Cal-Fire Basic Firefighter employment.
Colusa County Superintendent of Schools Mike West commented that this opportunity could not have been successful without the partnership with fire officials.
“There were a lot of people involved in getting this going,” said West, “Supervisor Mark Marshal, Williams Fire Chief Jeff Gilbert, and CalFire Battalion Chief Linda Green made this all happen.”
The ceremony included a CalFire Recruitment Video, a slideshow of the course, and a few words of advice from Chief Gilbert, and Supervisor Marshall.
“This is a great opportunity for our county and I look forward to providing the program in the future,” said West.