Even as the Vallejo Fire Department graduates is latest crop of three new fire fighters, the department celebrates their being the first ALA class in the department’s history, spokesman Kevin Brown said.
It’s kind of a big deal, he said.
“Over the past several months, the rank and file of the Vallejo Fire Department has worked very hard to become recognized by the state offices of the Fire Marshal and State Fire Training as an ‘Accredited Local Academy,’” he said. “This means we meet all curriculum requirements set forth by the current state Fire Fighter I curriculum.”
The Vallejo Fire Department is one of only 19 local fire agencies statewide to be so honored, he said.
The majority of other local agencies have a shortened or condensed academy that doesn’t fully meet state requirements, meaning their newly-hired firefighters must also participate in an outside fire academy, meet all curriculum requirements through a task book, or never become Fire Fighter I certified, Brown said.