The Butte College's 60th Firefighter Academy held its graduation on January 9 at Pleasant Valley High School, Center for the Arts, in Chico. Fourteen recruits successfully completed the academy training to become firefighters in the city, county or State of California. Recruits attained all certificates necessary to obtain employment by CalFire. Keynote Speaker was Jim Broshears, retired chief, Paradise Fire Department.
The Butte College Fire Academy has been training future firefighters for over 30 years. The 19 week program enables students to earn 29 units of college credit – a pace unmatched in any other discipline in the college system. There are 50 individual written examinations on fire and emergency medical technician subjects, each with a minimum passing score of 80%. There are a host of physical manipulative skills which are tested to the highest standards.