COLORADO—Now in its second year, the USDA Forest Service Job Corps Dispatch Academy graduated 10 more Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (CCC) students at the Whitten Building’s Jefferson Auditorium in Washington, DC, early this month.
Congratulating the graduates on their successes, Fire Program field coordinator Justin Abbey stated, “You all have given yourselves opportunities and options for the rest of your life—the opportunity to work for the federal government, to forge a career in your trade, to fight fire, or to work as an expanded dispatch recorder. Whichever of these opportunities you capitalize on, master what you do and choose to be the best at it.”
Although the fire season was relatively calm this past summer, Expanded Dispatch Recorder graduates Nyasibit Ayom (Boxelder Job Corps CCC), Enrique Rojas Martinez (Fort Simcoe Job Corps CCC), Xavier Hawes (Mingo Job Corps CCC), Angel Renteria Hernandez (Timber Lake Job Corps CCC), Daryon Spears (Trapper Creek Job Corps CCC), Petriece Pechuli (Weber Basin Job Corps CCC), Gabriel Vazquez (Wolf Creek Job Corps CCC) and Prince King, Rayvon Philips and Erick Romero (Collbran Job Corps CCC),were placed in dispatch centers across the country and excelled in their training.
Over the next year, more dispatch academies will be held in the Rocky Mountain, Southern and Pacific Northwest regions. Leadership in the Pacific Southwest Region have plans to sponsor a new academy in 2021.
Another positive outcome of the program’s success is the establishment of an Advanced Emergency Dispatch Trade at the Weber Basin Job Corps CCC that is scheduled to open in 2020. Students in this new trade will have the opportunity to graduate as both Expanded Dispatch Recorders and Initial Attack Dispatch Recorders.
Forest Service Job Corps and Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management manage the Job Corps Wildland Fire Program in partnership. Fire managers train students as wildland firefighters, dispatchers, camp crewmembers, cooks and servers at all 24 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers.