Congratulations, Cadets! On Friday, December 9, the Oxnard Fire Academy celebrated the graduation of Battalion #46: the self-named “Beat the Heat” crew. 35 outstanding young men and women received their California State Fire Marshall Firefighter I certification eligibility.
Cadets were joined by a full house of family and friends in our Performing Arts Building, and were commended by the current City of Oxnard Fire Department Chief Darwin Base, also a Fire Academy graduate.
The Oxnard College Fire Academy is a four-month program that is both physically and academically demanding. In addition to earning Firefighter I certification eligibility, graduates complete extensive curriculum work in certificate areas ranging from fire control to vehicle extraction, safety and survival, hazardous materials operations and much more.
Many of our Academy graduates go on to careers within the Fire Service fields, as well as related service areas including law enforcement and as Emergency Medical Technicians.
Did you know that California community colleges train 80 percent of the state’s first responders: firefighters, law enforcement personnel and emergency medical technicians. Our Fire Academy is one of the very best in the State thanks to the excellent leadership of Assistant Dean Gail Warner, Department Chair Michael Ketaily, Captain Tamara Crudo, and their dedicated team of OC Fire Academy/Technology faculty, staff and community partners.