Twenty-Nine Cadets Graduate From Hancock's Fire Academy

The graduation ceremony was held at the college's Public Safety Training Complex

Battalion 143MAY 17, 2019--After 624 hours of classroom and field instruction, 29 cadets received their certificates of accomplishment from Allan Hancock College’s Fire Academy on May 17. The cadets of Battalion #143 graduated during a ceremony at the Hancock’s Public Safety Training Complex, the very same facility where they spent 17 weeks training. The ceremony was an acknowledgment that the cadets had not only completed that training but proved that they met and exceeded the state and national certification training standards for Firefighter I Certification.

“This is the core of what a community college does. We train public servants,” said Hancock Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. “When you have an emergency and you need the fire department to respond, you want the person showing up to help to be from Allan Hancock College because they have the very best training at the best facilities.”

Before the ceremony, the cadets demonstrated their skills inside and outside of the complex’s six-story burn tower as their family and friends looked on. The demonstrations included running fire hoses, dousing burning cars, extricating “victims” from vehicle wrecks and more. Prior the receiving their certificates, the cadets heard from the graduation’s keynote speaker, Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District Chief Greg Fish. Fish, also a graduate of Hancock’s fire academy, encouraged the cadets to take on their new roles with tenacity, continue their educations and become leaders in their departments.

“Every one of you can have a dream career,” said Fish. “But it is going to be hard work.”

Of the 29 cadets, 23 will graduate as fire service candidates, while three cadets have been hired by the Chumash Fire Department in Santa Ynez, two cadets have been hired by the Santa Barbara City Fire Department and one cadet has been hired by CAL FIRE’s South Bay Fire Department in Los Osos.

“There’s no doubt that we were pushed us to our limits,” said cadet and fire academy class president for Battalion 143 Hannah Ball. “However, with challenge comes growth, and with that growth comes an appreciation of what it truly means to be a firefighter.”

The full list of cadets in Battalion 143 include: Chase Andersen; Zachary Anzalone; Hannah Ball; Bradley Barnes; Nicholas Bell; Tyler Brooks; Wyatt Esola; Christian Evers; Mathew Fawcett; Daniel Feldtkeller; Rebecca Fischel; Matthew Funderburk; Luis Gutierrez; John Hurtado; Caleb Katches; James King; Derek Masterson; Tyler O’Brien; Bradley Peterson; Cameron Petetit; Sage Ritchie; Casey Robertshaw; Frank Rodriguez; Dustin Sallen; Bailey Sanin; Saeid Sinnukrot; Spencer Smith; Jordan Stewart and David Swenk.  

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Caption: Twenty-nine cadets of Battalion 143 graduated from the Allan Hancock College Fire Academy May 17.

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Last Modified May 17, 2019