Mohave Community College awarded 14 fire academy graduates a pin to signify their completion of the fire academy. The students received their pins during a ceremony on June 6 at Mohave Community College’s Bullhead City campus at 3400 Highway 95.
The graduates from the Bullhead City area are: Ricardo Arriaga, Braden Cabello, Kohen Clifton, Zachary Daniels, Cesar Guzman, Joseph Jackson, Shawn Taber, Kyle Terrones, Kevin Valentine, and James Weiss.”
“It feels great to be done. It’s been a long 22 weeks,” said Kohen Clifton, of Bullhead City. “We learned a lot.”
Christopher Chavez, of Kingman, was also among the graduates.
“I have a lot of friends in the industry, so it seemed like firefighting was a really good job,” Chavez said. “You get to put out fires for living.”
The graduates from the Lake Havasu City area are: Tyler Brophy, Jared Hendry, and Casey Taylor.
“Firefighting has always interested me,” Taylor said. “I want to work with the public and help people. It’s something that I enjoy. It’s been an amazing program. It’s been a long six months.”
Bullhead City Fire Department Assistant Chief Scott Neal said the students learn honor, courage, commitment, discipline, and sacrifice during the program.
“This is a special day for them,” he said. “It’s something they will remember for the rest of their lives. This is not the ending, it’s just a starting point. You are a public servant. It’s a calling, it’s something that you were born to do.”
MCC Fire Science director Josh Livermore said the academy instructors expects no less than an honorable presentation from the graduates.
“There is no greater gift than a man who would lay his life down for a friend, or a stranger,” he said. “Congratulations to the Class of 2015. You have accomplished many things. It does not matter what you say you can do, it only matters what you do.”
MCC fire science students learn practical techniques for fighting fires and also study the theories of firefighting techniques. The program covers a wide range of classes designed to prepare you for entry-level fire fighter positions and for advanced or promotion opportunities in fire services.
MCC offers an associate of applied science degree in fire science, in addition to certificate programs in fire officer, driver/operator, and firefighter.
According to Arizona Labor Statistics, registered nurses earned more than $30,000 annually, on average, in Mohave County in 2013.