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Wildland Fire Academy applications due Friday

Susan Meeker | susan@colusacountynews.net

Prospective new fire fighters have only two days left to get an application into the Colusa County Office of Education to participate in the 2017 Basic Wildland Firefighting Academy.

Priority registration will be given to graduating high school seniors, according to Mike West, Colusa County superintendent of schools, although the course is open to all adults.

The 180-hour course will be held over nine to 10 weekends, and begins on Jan. 13, at the Education Village in Williams.

“A career in fire protection offers the opportunity to perform challenging and exciting work while protecting residents, resources, and property in the State of California,” noted West.

The course offered by CCOE is in partnership with the Colusa County Fire Association Chiefs, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and the Meridian Fire Department.

Students will learn fire attack strategies, wildland fire control, interior structure operations, fire engine operations, fireline construction, and firefighter safety, and upon successful completion will be qualified for employment in fire services with agencies like Cal Fire, U.S. Forest Services, and Bureau of Land Management, along with private and municipal fire agencies.

Course activities may also include search and rescue, helicopter operations, rope rescue tactics, injury triage, and ambulance operations.

Prospective students, who must be age 18 by June 1, 2017, must submit their completed application by Friday to be considered for this year’s academy, officials said. The completed application must include one letter of recommendation, a copy of the student’s high school diploma, GED, or transcript, and other application-related documents.

The application packet can be picked up and delivered to the Office of Education’s Student Support Services, located in the Education Village, 499 Marguerite St., Williams. Information and application are also available Online at www.ccoe.net. Students must have also completed the 1-hour basic skills evaluation of spelling, reading comprehension, math, English, and critical thinking.

There is no cost for the academy for high school students who will be 18 by the first of the year. The cost for all other adults is $1,000, although a scholarship may be available through the California One-Stop Career Centers.

Space is limited to 25 students.

For more information,contact Connie Roman at 530-473-1350, ext. 10307, or Maria Arvizu-Espinoza at 530-473-1350, ext. 10310. ■

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