Posted by Earl Murray on Apr 13, 2018
Frank Ortiz (pictured on the right with Rotarian Charlie Radaz) was the guest speaker at this morning’s meeting. He talked about the Public Safety Training Complex at the Allan Hancock Community College, Lompoc Valley Center.
Frank is the Interim Director, overseeing the Fire, Safety, Emergency Medical Services, and Law Enforcement programs. He stated the facility was paid for with Bond Measure I money in 2006. They offer classroom courses and labs from instructors. The degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for careers. An example of a career opportunity is in the Fire Academy program.
The choice to become a fire service professional requires dedication, commitment and a desire to provide an exemplary level of public service. As a graduate of the Allan Hancock College Fire Technology and Fire Academy Program, you will be qualified for career opportunities in positions such as: Fire-fighter, Volunteer Fire-fighter, Reserve Fire-fighter, Fire Engineer, Fire Captain, or Fire Chief.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry level, fire-fighters can expect to earn an annual salary of $45,700 on average. Fire Captains and Fire Chiefs can earn salaries of 70, 860 on average.
Frank pointed out that part of his job is Job Placement for the students. He works with agencies in the Fire Department, Hospitals, and Law Enforcement. These agencies offer Internship programs and where graduates have opportunities, when available to receive employment. He said getting an Associate and Bachelor degrees are good options, especially if a student is seeking promotions once they are employed. On an employment application, students should show any community service work they have done.
For more information go provides detail about all the programs.
The Rotary Club of Vandenberg Village thanked Frank for a very informative talk.