2013-14 Unit Plan
Fire Academy

Mission Statement

The Butte College Public Safety Education & Training Center educates and trains students to serve and protect the public in a highly competent and professional manner.

Program Description

The Fire Fighter 1 Academy, certified by the State Fire Marshall and the State Board of Fire Services as an Accredited Regional Fire Academy, is offered twice annually in an intensive format, once each semester.  Consistent with Fire Science classes, it starts near the end of August to accommodate the fire season and allow working students the opportunity to end their seasonal firefighting responsibilities as late as possible in order to attend Butte College.  The program has earned a reputation for being among the finest fire fighter academies in the western states and attracts students from throughout the area, and our graduates have secured positions in agencies from coast to coast.  

The Fire Fighter 1 Academy equates to approximately 142 FTE. 

Upon successful completion of the Fire Academy, students earn the following:

1.   California Emergency Medical technician training certificate of completion.
2.   Certificates of completion for California Firefighter, as follows: ICS 100; ICS 200; Automobile Extrication; Confined Space Rescue Awareness; Low Angle Rope Rescue Operations; Cal Fire Basic Firefighter; Rapid Intervention Crew Operations; Firefighter Survival; First responder Operations Haz-Mat; Terrorism Consequences Management
3.   Graduates are academically eligible for advancement to earning the California State Fire Marshall Firefighter I certificate.

All pedagogical caps have been reviewed and are appropriate.  

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

For several years, serious discussions involving the College and Butte County/Cal Fire have occurred with a focus on placement of a Butte County Fire Facility, including classroom suitable for College use, at Butte College.  The placement of such a facility in proximity to our Fire Training area at the Public Safety Training Grounds and the operation of our Fire Fighter 1 Academies will have a significant positive impact on Butte College Fire Programs. A lease agreement has been establsihed that will ultimately allow the construction of a fire station on District property, and we will continue to monitor and facilitate this discussion and development of the idea.

Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 2

    With a recent realization that the Butte College Fire Academy is not approved for issuance of a Chancellor's Office Certificate of Achievement, we will be working to apply and receive approval for such.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 3

    The Scenario Village being designed for construction at the Emergency Vehicle Operation Course has the ability to also serve Fire training interests by constructing their needs into the design.  The art of laying lines, hooking them up, accessing roofs, etc…will be enhanced at this training area.  The designation of one or more “storefront” buildings for practice with smoke making machines and for roof ventilation provides an important and sophisticated training opportunity.  The Scenario Village will serve both Fire and Law training needs. 

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Required Resources

    1.   In July 2009, the secretary III position that provides primary support for the Fire Academy (as well as the Fire Science Program) was reduced from its historic full-time status to a 60% (24hr./week) position. It is a priority to restore this position.

    2.   The storage loft in the Training Grounds Instructional Building is currently accessible only via a less that safe and stable portable stairway. There is a need to construct a permanent set of stairs to access this area. It is anticipated that such a project will occur in conjunction with Facilities Planning Management.

    3.   Replacement of (4) obsolete air bottles for high pressure Self Contained Breathing Apparatus ($4000) will extend the life of these devices, which are used by instructors for extended exposure during instructional live-fire burns, by at least a decade. There is no augmentation request at this time because of the possibility that an alternate revenue source can be identified.

    Current Revenue Stream

    The Fire Academy is supported primarily by the General Fund, with some additional support coming from student material fees. Additionally, Perkins Funds have been utilized to to rectify safety issues and replace critically important equipment.

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Fire Academy Personnel Restore 60% secretary III to full-time, 12 month 11-000-511-1-213350 52120 $0.00 $20,160.00 Restore secretray III position reduced from 100% to 60% to help achieve balance and equitable distribution of workload in PSETC.
    Total(s) $0.00 $20,160.00