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HROP Wildland Firefighter Academy Orientation Wednesday

 

Entry-Level Training Offered at No Cost for Area Youth

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

From the HCOE’s press release:

The Humboldt County Office of Education’s Humboldt Regional Occupational Program (HROP) is pleased to announce
the upcoming HROP Wildland Firefighter Academy.  This year’s Academy
is being offered in partnership between HROP, the U.S. Forest Service
(Six Rivers National Forest) and CAL FIRE (Humboldt-Del Norte Unit).

An Academy Overview will be presented at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at the Humboldt County Office of Education’s Sequoia Room, 901 Myrtle Ave., Eureka.  While attendance at the Overview is not mandatory, it is highly encouraged.  The Overview session will provide interested individuals with the opportunity to obtain information about the Academy.  Additionally, attendees will hear from representatives of the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE and local fire agencies regarding careers in the fire service.

The Academy is an entry-level training program preparing students for a career with a wildland fire agency.  Students who are 18 years of age and successfully complete the entire Academy will meet the minimum training requirements for seasonal entry-level wildland firefighter for federal wildland fire agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and meet the minimum response requirements for CAL FIRE seasonal firefighters.

The Academy is being presented in two phases and will once again be offered at no course costs or equipment costs to the students.

Students need to be at least 16 years old, and enrollment is limited to 30 students.  Additional students will be placed on a “waiting list.”  Priority will be given to those students who are of employable age (18 years or older) immediately following graduation.

The Academy Orientation, which is mandatory for all Academy students, will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  It will be held in the multi-use room at Glen Paul School, 2501 Cypress St., Eureka.  This Orientation will introduce the students to the Academy, curriculum details, class schedules and the instructors.

Phase 1 of the Academy runs from January 15 through March 7, 2013.  Class sessions are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., plus two Saturday and one Sunday class sessions.  Successful completion of Phase 1 of the Academy meets the minimum training requirements for entry-level seasonal firefighter for a federal wildland fire agency.  Seasonal firefighter job applicants must be at least 18 years of age at time of employment.

Phase 2 of the Academy will run from March 12 through May 2, 2013.  Class sessions are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., plus several Saturday and/or Sunday class sessions.

Students who are 18 years old and successfully complete both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Academy will meet the minimum response requirements for CAL FIRE seasonal firefighters.

Pre-registration for the Academy is required prior to the Orientation on January 9, 2013.  Please contact Erna at the HROP office in order to register for the Academy, (707) 445-7018.

More information regarding the HROP Wildland Firefighter
Academy can be obtained on the HROP website at:
www.humboldt.k12.ca.us/sps/wfp/hrop/fire_services/programs.php.

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(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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