Butte College announces its 52nd Fire Academy graduation will take place on Thursday, January 14 at 3 p.m. at the Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Road.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Charles Hurley, Fire Chief, City of Oroville.
Special awards will be presented to the most outstanding, top athlete, top academic, and most inspirational cadet. The Mann-Judd Scholarship Award for academics will be presented by the Paradise Elks Club. A total of 37 will graduate.
“The Butte College fire fighter academy has earned a well-deserved reputation among professional firefighters for being one of the finest academies in the Western United States,” said Diana Van Der Ploeg, Butte College president.
Butte College’s fire academy includes a 19-week program where cadets must pass 52 tests focusing on skills, training exercises and scenarios. In addition to receiving Basic Firefighter I certification, cadets also earn certifications in CDF Basic Firefighter, Hazardous Materials, Low Angle Rescue, Swift Water Rescue Awareness, Vehicle Extrication, Confined Space and Terrorism Response all of which allow the Butte College Fire Academy graduates to be among the most competitive job seekers in the State of California.