Dan Chidester, Basic Fire Academy Commander
Location: Joint Powers Training Center - Huntington Beach
Norma Castillo, SAC Campus, Administrative Secretary
Location: SAC – A113
Dear Firefighter I Candidate:
Welcome to Santa Ana College, home of the largest, finest and oldest fire technology program in California! You have made a wise career choice. Your success will depend on whether you have the proper attitude, tenacity and mental discipline to achieve your goal. Our counselors, my staff and I are ready to help you. Listen closely to what they have to say and you should succeed. Our graduates have attained firefighter positions in many departments in California and throughout the United States.
The Santa Ana College Fire Academy program is administered under the guidance of the Orange County Fire Chiefs’ Association and is nationally recognized as a premier fire-training program. This program meets the Orange County Fire Service standards and has been approved by the State Fire Marshal and the State Board of Fire Services as the First Accredited Regional Fire Academy in California. Our standards far exceed the minimum qualifications and training required for California Firefighter I Certification. Additionally, our graduates receive certificates in Auto Extrication, Hazardous Materials First Responder, Rescue Systems I, Fire Control III, ICS 200 and Low Angle Rescue.
The information contained in this packet describes our most popular program, “The Public Fire Service Option” degree. This degree program trains firefighters for public or private fire departments. The Fire Technology Department also offers seven additional degree options and you are encouraged to explore these alternatives in the District catalog.
If you require additional information, please visit the Fire Technology Office at 1530 W. 17th Street, in the Cesar Chavez Building, Room A-113, or call (714) 564-6845 and speak with my friendly staff. They will be happy to help you attain your career goals.
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