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Las Positas College Fire Academy receives new accreditation

Prospective firefighters to work toward state, federal certifications

The Las Positas College Regional Fire Academy has earned a new accreditation status in its effort to train prospective firefighters for careers in the field. (Photo courtesy of LPC)

The Las Positas College Regional Fire Academy recently earned new status as an accredited regional training program in the state fire training system, officials with the Livermore community college announced last week.

The new accreditation, which is in place for an initial three-year period, will provide program graduates with certificates from the State Fire Training Division and the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, with the ultimate goal of better positioning the students to find work as a firefighter in the region.

"We have the expectation and hope that all LPC Fire Academy graduates will obtain employment in fire departments throughout Alameda County or become firefighters elsewhere within the state or country," Las Positas Interim President Roanna Bennie said in a statement.

The accreditation lets the Livermore college offer a "Basic Firefighter 1 Academy," which will allow graduates to obtain work as firefighters through instruction from Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department and other agencies' personnel that will provide an academic, behavioral, physical and manipulative skills base, officials said.

Graduates will also earn state and federal certificates in incident command systems and wildland firefighting.

The accreditation came after the academy received the recommendation of Cal Fire and the Office of the State Fire Marshall. Bennie also credited internal support from faculty emeritus Ron Johansen in the fire science technology program and deans Neal Ely, Lisa Everett, Nan Ho and Don Carlson.

The college's first academy class under the new accreditation started their work last month, with 30 students under the tutelage of LPFD firefighters and officers appointed to teach through the college. For more information on the academy, including how to apply, visit www.laspositascollege.edu/fst/fireacademy.php.

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