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12B Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007 Lassen County Times, Westwood PinePress Sam Williams News Editor It's official-- the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office has approved Lassen Community College's proposal for two new fire technology educa- tional programs. Dr. Stephen Sylvester, LCC's dean of instructional services, received a letter from the chancellor's office last week confirming the approval of the new associate in science degree and certifi- cate programs in fire technol- ogy. Dave Trussell is the pro- gram director/instructor and Mike Gysin, Abel Ramoz, Mike Klimek and Mike Rivas serve as instructors. Trussell spent 33 years with the U.S. Forest Service, including 20 years as a dozer operator, two years as a fire Mike Rivas Instructer agement; FS 6, building con- struction for fire protection; FS 52, incident command sys- tem; FS 55, fire investigation; FS 60 (CDF Basic 67), wild- preventi n fficer" He als [ : i :i::: served nine years on a National Incident Management Team Type 1. i Gysin is a past firefighter with forest service, Bureau of Land Management and city of Susanville. Rivas is a retired CAL FIRE captain and Ramoz is past Department of Defense, CAL FIRE and Doyle firefighter. Biographical information on Klimek was not available at deadline. The program is designed to prepare students for employ- ment in the fire science industry with a special emphasis in wildland fire suppression. The program also will provide training in emergency response in medi- cal, hazardous materials, search and rescue and home- land security. Classes in the new program are not transferable to any other college. The associate of science degree program requires a total of 60 units, including 18 generaleducation units. First year core courses include Fire Science 1, intro- duction to fire technology; FS 3, fundamentals of fire pre- vention; FS 4, fire protection equipment and systems; FS 5, .fire organization and man- T Dave Trussell Director and Instructor land firefighter; or, FS 61 (Basic 32) basic firefighter training. Second year core courses include EMT 60, emergency damentals of heavy rescue; FS 72, first responder-haz- ardous materials; FS 73, inci- dent business management; ' FS 74, fire in the interface; and, FS 75 fire behavior. The requirements for the certificate of achievement in fire technology, are the same, except that the student must complete only the 42 units of California. firescience classes. According to employee sur- Upon completion of either .veys, 32 percent of firefight- the associate of science degree or the certificate of achievement program in fire techn01ogy, the student should safely perform basic fire fighting skills as part of the incident command sys-. tern in preparation for an entry-level position at most fire fighting agencies. LCC initiated an effort to develop a fire technology pro- gram in the mid-1990s. While an advisory committee was formed and a curriculum developed and approved by the LCC Board of Trustees, the program was never pre- sented to the chancellor's office for approval due to changes in administration and administrative SUpport for the program and a lack of funding. The trustees established a fire science director position in January 2006, and Trussell was hired on Sept. 12, 2006. The trustees approved an official advisory group for the program in January. The group presented proposed degree and certificate pro- grams to the trustees in April. The state chancellor's office approved the program on Oct. 17. The program, which began offering short-term classes earlier :this. semester, is 12 to 15 sec: tions per year, serving about 15 students the first year and increasing to about 30 the see- medical technician; 21, ond year. first responder-medical; FS While fire science classes 49, fire technology coopera- are offered at other colleges tive work experience; FS 57, in Northern California, those auto extraction; FS 62, fire schools are at least 100 miles instructor l-A, instructional away from Susanville. techniques; FS 63, fir instruc- The LCC program's focus tor l-B, instructional tech-./ on wildland fire is uniqueand niques; FS 66, fire preventiOn special interest in a rural I-A; FS 67, fire prevention 1,B; community with vast expans- FS70, dozer boss; FS 71, fun- ' A SERVICE OF THE LASSEN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT For People Without a Lawyer nmm r l meV mr kjnaa al far II for 12 mmdl es of forest and high .desert cent earned more than $4,000 and would preferentially hire habitats with high fire poten- per month, or promote individuals with tial. Four of five major employ- such degrees or certificates. According to a California ers of fire suppression per- Labor Force and Industry sonnel in Lassen County It's estimated the respond- Employment report, there (United States Forest Service, ing agencies employ about will 6,900 job opportunities California Department of 300 permanent fire suppres- for firefighters between 2004 Forestry, Bureau of Land sion employees, but they also and 2012 and about 140 job Management, city of hire an enormous number of openings in Northern Susanville Fire Department part-time temporary employ- and the California ees during fire season. 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