Student Success Story
Submitted By: Valley ROP
Donovan Becomes a Firefighter at Age 21
Donavon was a graduate of Selma High School, located in the Central Valley of California. His first experience as a firefighter occurred after his ROP class formed a Youth Conservation Crew at the Sierra National Forest. From there, he received an EMT Certificate and continued his education at College of the Sequoia, Fresno City, and Reedley College. While in college, he was a Paid Call Firefighter for Kingsburg and Selma Fire Departments.
Donavon completed the California State Fire Marshal Fire Fighter I course which prepares students for State certification. This course is designed to prepare individuals for fighting fires, first aid, search and rescue, and related tasks. Students learn about fire protection organizations, use and handling of firefighting equipment and apparatuses, fire behavior and extinguishment methods, rescue and ventilation operations, fire control, and salvage and overhaul of structures. Practical experience is gained through live fire and simulated exercises relating to the theory taught in the classroom. All classes have the support of their local fire stations with equipment, fire trucks, classroom training etc.
His dedication and rigorous class work during high school and ROP classes helped Donavon realize his dream to become a Fire Fighter. The ROP class gave Donavon the foundation, opportunity and entry level experience he needed to work with Cal Fire and the US Forestry Department during the summer months. Donavon never looked back, once he completed his certification and finished the post secondary course work he applied for a full time job as a Firefighter. He recently accepted a full time position with Selma City Fire Department. Donovan has just turned 21.