Twenty-nine cadets graduated from the Allan Hancock College Fire Academy in Lompoc on Friday.
The cadets spent 624 hours training over 17 weeks.
Before the graduation ceremony, the cadets demonstrated their skills at the Public Safety Training Complex’s six-story burn tower. They showed off for family and friends by running fire hoses, dousing burning cars, extricating “victims” from vehicle wrecks, and other drills.
“It’s been a dream since I was a kid,” said Fire Academy graduate Dustin Sallen. “I’ve been thinking about this moment my entire life… This is something that I’m pursuing every day so I think my motivation is the dream, it’s the goal.”
Three cadets have been hired by the Chumash Fire Department in Santa Ynez, two have been hired by the Santa Barbara City Fire Department, and one has been hired by CAL FIRE’s South Bay Fire Department in Los Osos.