ROC is en Fuego

And these students are learning how to put it out!

By Cedric Kim, Small Business Entrepreneurship

 Bakersfield, California - At Kern High’s Regional Occupation Center program, Fire Technology is a class where the groundwork for becoming a firefighter is laid.

 ROC has 30 different programs to choose from, but those who grew up with the dream of being a fireman, the Fire Technology program is the ticket to their future. So much so that the high school program even allows them to earn BC credits.

 The class also provides more options than just firefighting, as it allows students to branch off into Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training. Indeed, the program teaches basic medical training as well as daily physical training, and the textbook side of fire science.

 Chief Frank has been the fire technology Instructor at ROC since 2007. He has California teaching credential in CTE Public Services and certificates in Fire Science from Bakersfield College. He is a Retired Battalion Chief from the Kern County Fire Department, having served for 32 years. Chief Frank has a total of 35 years’ experience teaching college-level firefighting classes, incident command classes, and hazardous material classes. He is also State of California master instructor certificated, having earned his California Specialized Training Institute certificate.

 When I went to the class I had the privilege to interview one of the students from this program. I was able to interview the student, Rodney Aguirre. This student told me that his favorite part of the Fire Technology program was the Physical Training because not a lot of programs provide that aspect of the training. Still, this is an important and necessary part of Chief Frank’s regimen. 

For high school students thinking of a career as a firefighter or EMT, ROC is full of opportunity.