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Program Description

At some point in their life, most boys and girls want to be firefighters. The thrill of the red lights, siren, and hero factor all play into the attraction. Deep down, fire fighters are born with a desire to serve the community.

ROC offers an opportunity to see if you want to pursue a career in fire fighting. Classroom instruction, demonstrations, and hands-on skills operations are all a part of the year long Fire Fighting program.

Fire Fighting students learn:

  • SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus)
  • Hazardous materials
  • CPR and basic first aid
  • Ladder use and safety
  • Hose handling
  • Rescue ropes and knots
  • Pump operation
  • Wild land and ground fires
  • Basic hand tool sharpening and use
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Firefighter survival
  • Fire behavior and fire chemistry
  • Ventilation
  • Oral interview presentation

Professional Certification Opportunities

Certifications offered to students completing the Fire Fighting program include:

  • HAZWOPER Awareness Certificate (Hazardous Materials Awareness)
  • First aid and CPR training

Pre-Requisites

Fire Fighting students should have average or better skills in reading and writing. Students should also have a solid attendance record.

High School credit available

Students earn 15 units of elective credit each semester toward their high school graduation.

College prep course. Meets area “G” approval for UC admission.

Bakersfield College credit available

This is an actual college-level course. ROC Fire Fighting is a dual enrollment class in conjunction with Bakersfield College. In addition to receiving the above KHSD credit, students receive 3 college units in FIRE B1 Fire Protection Organization first semester and 3 additional units in EMTC B51 Emergency Medical Responder second semester.

Career Pathways and Related Occupations

This is a career awareness class which instructs students on the basics necessary for entry-level employment. Successful Firefighting students often pursue careers in the following:

  • Fireman
  • Wild land Firefighter
  • EMT / Paramedic
  • Fire Inspectors and Investigator
  • Forestry Ranger
  • Military

Class instructors:

This course is team taught by the following retired and active duty Kern County Fire Department (KCFD) staff:

  • Gary Frank – KCFD, Battalion Chief, Ret.
  • Parris Whitley – KCFD, Captain
  • Derek Tisinger II – KCFD, Battalion Chief
  • Derek L. Tisinger – Fire Chief, Ret.
  • Tommie Wofford – KCFD, Captain, Ret.
  • Jeremiah Nielson – KCFD, Engineer
  • Anthony Garcia – KCFD Firefighter