Klamath Falls, Ore. – Klamath Community College is launching a firefighter training program.
Under KCC’s resident student firefighter program, students will live at a firehouse and get hands-on experience.
“So they will be doing side by side work with actual firefighters, and getting trained here on our campus.” Explains Chris Stickles, KCC’s Dean of Career and Technical Education.
The program is aimed at giving future firefighters a broad background of training.
“It is a structure fire degree, it also has a wildland fire component, and emergency response technician.” Notes Stickles. “So you can get your EMT license also through our program.”
Students much be 18 or older, have a driver’s license and a high school diploma or equivalent.
Stickles says financial help is available. “Students that get selected for the resident program will have a reimbursement up to about $4500.”
The two year program was announced Monday.
11 positions are available for the upcoming year.
Applications are due by April 27th.
You’ll find details here: https://bit.ly/2IfT2RX
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.