The Colusa County Office of Education has announced it will be hosting Basic Wildland Firefighter training this winter and is now accepting applications.
Applications are open to high school seniors aged 18 by June 1, 2016, and adults. Applications will close Thursday, November 20, 2015.
To qualify applicants must be 18-years of age by June 1, 2016; the successful completion of a 1-hour timed basic skills evaluation consisting of spelling, reading comprehension, proofreading, basic math, English grammar and critical thinking (available at the CCOE Career Technical Education, 101 Marguerite Street, Williams); complete the four page application; provide a copy of a high school diploma, CHSPE, GED, or transcript showing proof of graduation (current high school seniors will provide a current transcript); High School Seniors must complete a High School Agreement; a letter of recommendation; and complete the program expectations and requirements.
The cost is $750 for adults, and no cost for qualified High School Students. Additional costs include a $25 State Hazmat Certification fee, and a $25 CPR Certification Fee. All applicants are responsible for any and all additional costs associated with physical evaluation or vaccinations.
Applicants must also wear undamaged 100% leather boots and gloves during the course.
Completed applications will go before a screening panel, followed by interviews to determine which candidates will be considered.
Class size is limited and only 10 candidates will be selected through a proper screening process.
Prospective Basic Wildland Firefighters will begin their journey at the CCOE Education Village (101 Marguerite Street, Williams) on December 4, 2015 and will be held on Fridays from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM, Saturday and Sundays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
The training course includes fire attack strategies, wildland fire control, interior structure operation, fire engine operations, fire engine operations, fire line construction, firefighter safety, and job search techniques.
Upon successful completion of the 180-hour course, students will receive fire service certifications, a CCOE/CTE Certificate of Achievement and eligibility to apply for Cal-Fire Basic Firefighter employment.
High School Seniors considering application must contact their high school counselor or administrator to discuss enrollment in the class. Students should call or visit Colusa County Career
Technical Education (101 Marguerite Street, Williams) to get the high school agreement for the class.
All Applicants may contact the Colusa County Office of Education Career Technical Education for application and additional information, (530) 473-1350 x10301.◄