Wildland firefighting program graduates 36 Central Valley teens

21 May 2021

Published by https://kmph.com/

California’s wildland firefighting team just got a lot bigger.

36 high school seniors from 10 different schools across the Valley just graduated from the Regional Occupational Program at Reedley College.

The kids spent 400 hours in training over the past year, getting ready for the fire season.

Guadalupe Robledo is one of the graduates and was recognized with a special award Friday.

“In the training, we got to learn to use chainsaws, hoses, water pumps, fire shelters, and we got to experience what will actually happen during fires and how to be prepared,” said Robledo.

For her part, she says she entered the nationally-recognized program as a means to help people.

“When I saw houses being burned down, and trees, and the environment and everything, I really wanted to help.”

Each of the students has a summer job that provides them experience in the field.

After the summer, most plan to enroll in either the Reedley College Natural Resource Program or the Fire Academy at Fresno City College.

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