Porterville College career and technical education programs provide students with opportunities to obtain an education that reflects the needs of the community and anticipate changes in demands in business and industry. Students completing CTE programs at Porterville College are in high demand in the job market.
Research indicates that over 75% of all new jobs require post-secondary education, making vocational training more important than ever.
Porterville College is responding to the expanding demands for highly trained workers and for the needs of workers who wish to change careers.
Wildland Firefighter Skills Award successful completion will result in the student meeting the “Basic 32” training requirements of the Federal fire agencies and issuance of the appropriate related certificates.
Graduates of this Academy will meet the minimum wildland fire training requirements typically necessary to apply for seasonal wildland fire control positions with most State and Federal fire agencies in California.
Program Learning Outcomes: Identify basic fire service organization and command and control systems; identify basic elements of wildland fire behavior; identify basic wildland fire control terminology, principles and procedures; demonstrate ability to perform essential basic fire ground tasks with minimal supervision; demonstrate ability to use, inspect and maintain basic wildland fire fighting tools/equipment; identify basic fire line safety principles and procedures.
Completion of six and one half (6.5) units required to receive the skills award. Students may earn this certificate by completing the required course with a minimum grade of “B”.