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CFTDA CHALLENGE COINS PROPOSAL
Following our September Zoom Meeting, a subcommittee comprised of Randy Collins, Pete Cacossa, Jeff Baumunk and Tommy Tunson met to develop a design for a Challenge Coin to be presented to the membership for approval. To that end, a design has been selected and a proof enclosed. While not shown on the proof, the organization’s mission statement (Dedicated to Promoting High Quality Fire Technology Education and Training) will be engraved on the edges of the coin.
Hi everyone! We greatly appreciate your time, energy, and effort in completing the following questions. The intent of this survey is to better understand best practices in selection criteria and processes for Firefighter Academy applications within the California Community College system. Your responses will help us drive industry forward as we implement impactful, positive changes within our own system. Click here for the Survey Link
To All CFTDA Members:
At last November’s meeting, it was requested that our By-Laws be amended to reflect the following changes:
- Removing the provision that would allow mail-in ballots.
- Establishing a different dues rate for Professional members.
- Requiring an individual to have paid their dues in order to have access to the website.
- Moving the time dues are payable from a calendar year to a fiscal year
- Making any other changes deemed appropriate.
To that end, during that meeting a subcommittee comprised of Randy Collins and Gail Warner was appointed to draft these amendments which have subsequently been shared with the Board of Directors. After their review, it was recommended the changes as shown in the attachment move forward for consideration by the membership FYI: all additions are highlighted in yellow and deletions appear in red font). A summary of these changes is as follows:
- Removing the provision allowing for mail-in ballots (Article III D). In the spirit of item 5 above, a provision in this section was added to allow voice or roll-call voting during a meeting conducted in a ZOOM format. To promote consistency, this was also addressed in Article VIII D-1.
- Because the By-Laws already permit the amount of dues to be established by the Board of Directors (Article II H-4) it was not deemed necessary to address different dues rates in this document. However, a provision was added to this section to identify when dues would be considered delinquent and a member no longer “in good standing”.
- A provision was added to Article II H-5 to specify that only a member in good standing would be entitled to the benefits of membership (including website access).
- Although it was contemplated to change when dues are payable to coincide with a fiscal year, upon recommendation of our Treasurer and concurrence with the Board, it was agreed to leave the term of the dues on a calendar year (Article II H-4). To avoid any misinterpretation when dues were considered delinquent, the date of April 1 was added to this section.
Please take a few minutes to review these changes and if you have any concerns or comments, be prepared to discuss at Friday’s meeting. Also, please note that because the By-Laws require any proposed changes to be brought before the membership 15 days before a vote, this threshold has not been met which means, we can only discuss the changes Friday and then vote upon them at our next meeting.
Any questions, feel free to contact me at [email protected].
Good morning all,
We are recruiting for a Wildland Fire Academy Instructor. Please share this link and information with anyone who may be interested. The pool closes 10/18/2020. Thank you!
Instructor In Fire Technology Part-Time (Initial Focus: Wildland Fire Academy)
Oxnard College (Oxnard CA), CA
OC – Academic Affairs
10/18/2020 11:59 PM Pacific
This part time pool is to fill positions at Oxnard College to begin during the Spring 2021 semester with the immediate assignment pertaining to the Wildland Fire Academy. If you have applied for previous pools in this discipline, you will need to apply to this posting to continue to be considered.
Under the general direction of a dean, an Instructor (Non-Contract/Temporary) provides comprehensive classroom instruction to students from diverse backgrounds for the purpose of facilitating the attainment of their academic or vocational objectives. In accordance with the provisions of Education Code sections 87482.5, Instructors (Non-Contract/Temporary) may be employed up to 67% of a full-time assignment.
Provide academic instruction to students through lecture, lab, or performance courses; assess and develop cognitive abilities, communication skills, and higher order thinking skills among students through appropriate assignments and activities in one-on-one, classroom, and distance mediated instructional settings. E
Advise and instruct students regarding programs of study, other institutions of higher education, lifelong learning resources, and effective study skills; refer students to support services, programs, resources, and other professionals as appropriate. E
Observe and evaluate student performance in meeting course objectives and student learning outcomes through assignments, projects, discussions, and examinations; provide feedback in a timely manner to student inquiries in class, online, or during established consultation office hours. E
Plan and organize instruction according to approved course outlines and student learning outcomes to maximize student learning in alignment with department, college, and district goals; implement the student performance objectives as listed on the official course outline of record. E
Maintain current, accurate records of course enrollment, attendance, student academic progress, course curriculum, and student learning outcomes; prepare and submit data and reports related to course and student progress in a timely manner. E
Evaluate and select instructional materials such as textbooks, manuals, software, and tools in collaboration, as appropriate, with discipline faculty; order instructional materials according to campus bookstore procedure to ensure timely delivery. E
Revise and update course content and materials of instruction in accordance with new theory, application, and industry developments within the discipline or area of specialization. E
Update syllabi; collaborate with discipline faculty on a regular basis to assess and revise measurable student performance indicators for each course. E
May participate in curriculum and program development; may provide input into the development of student learning outcomes.
May attend and participate on committees and in department, division, campus, and district meetings.
May participate in articulation and matriculation related activities.
May provide work direction to others.
Perform related duties as assigned.
E = Essential duties
Candidates must possess the minimum qualifications for the discipline as approved by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and defined in the Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges handbook. The minimum qualifications for this discipline are as follows:
Any bachelor’s degree and two years of professional experience; OR any associate degree and six years of professional experience; OR the equivalent*; OR possession of an appropriate California Community College Credential.
Professional experience is required when the applicant possesses a master’s degree.
The professional experience required must be directly related to the faculty member’s teaching assignment.
All coursework must be from a recognized accredited college or university.
In addition, candidates must meet the following qualifications:
- Registered instructor with CA Office of the State Fire Marshal – State Fire Training
- Engine Boss certified by State Fire Training or NWCG
- Completion of S-215: Fire Operations in the Wildland Urban Interface
- Registered with CA Office of the State Fire Marshal – State Fire Training and/or NWCG to teach the following courses:
- S-130: Fire Fighter Training;
- S-131: Advanced Fire Fighter Training;
- S-190: Introduction To Wildland Fire Behavior;
- S-212: Wildland Fire Chain Saws
*APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT MEET THE ABOVE-STATED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS MUST COMPLETE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE FOR EQUIVALENCY IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED ON THE BASIS OF POSSESSING EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATIONS (EQUIVALENCY). The Supplemental Questionnaire for Equivalency is available on our website at https://www.vcccd.edu/sites/default/files/departments/human-resources/supplemental_questionnaire_for_equivalency_03.05.15_0.pdf (Download PDF reader). When completing the form, be sure to explain in detail how your qualifications are equivalent to the required minimum qualifications.
If the title of your degree as stated on your transcripts does not exactly match one of the degree titles listed in the minimum qualifications, you must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire for Equivalency. Do not assume that you do not need to submit a Supplemental Questionnaire for Equivalency because your degree is similar to a degree stated in the minimum qualifications. DEGREE TITLES THAT ARE NOT AN EXACT MATCH WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED OUTSIDE OF THE EQUIVALENCY PROCESS.
For further details regarding equivalency and the criteria by which equivalency may be granted, please click on the following link: http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/vcccd/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=83LDBP0DD9E5.
Part-time classroom faculty are paid between $1,718 and $2,919 per semester per .1 load. Placement on the salary schedule is based on education and experience. Faculty may be assigned any combination of lecture, lab or lecture/lab classes. Following is an example of a 3 unit class:
3 hour per week lecture = .2 load
3 hour per week lecture/lab = .15 load
3 hour per week lab = .1333 load (Except for those listed on Appendix F of the VCCCD/AFT Contract calculated at 75% of regular load.)
Part-time classroom faculty receive between $1,718 and $2,489 starting pay per semester per 10% load. Part-time faculty salaries are governed by the collective bargaining agreement between the VENTURA COUNTY FEDERATION OF COLLEGE TEACHERS, AFT, LOCAL 1828, AFL-CIO and the VENTURA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT. To review the contract, go to: http://vcccd-district.production-preview.com/departments/human-resources/collective-bargaining-agreements/american-federation-teachers-local.
Please be aware that we will require verification of all part-time teaching experience for which you wish to receive credit toward placement on the salary schedule. You will have 30 days to provide verification upon receipt of the offer of employment. Verification must come from the human resources department and state the percentage of full-time-equivalent assignment you worked during the specified time period.
For more information about how salaries are determined for part-time faculty assignments, please click on the following link: http://vcccd-district.production-preview.com/sites/default/files/departments/human-resources/part-time_faculty_salary_explanation_fy19_07.01.18_0.pdf (Download PDF reader).
If you need assistance using the online application system please contact the GovernmentJobs.com applicant support line at (855) 524-5627 between the hours of 6 AM to 5 PM, Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.
All applicants, including previous and current VCCCD employees, must submit the following documents with their application in order to be considered. Please be aware that the hiring committee will NOT have access to materials kept in District personnel files, such as transcripts, and such materials will not be considered unless they are included in your application packet. All required documents must be submitted by the applicant. Failure to submit these materials may result in disqualification.
1. Letter of Application: The letter of application must A) include the date, your name, and the position and locations for which you are applying, B) address your sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and C) provide the screening committee with an understanding of how you will contribute as a fully participating member of the VCCCD community.
3.Letters of recommendation (recommended, not required): If you choose to submit letters of recommendation, they should be uploaded with your application materials.
4.Supplemental Questionnaire for Equivalency(if applicable): see minimum qualifications above.
5.Complete official or unofficial college/university transcripts: must demonstrate attainment of minimum qualifications. Transcripts must show the degree title and the date the degree was conferred or the degree will not be considered for the purpose of determining if you meet minimum qualifications. Diplomas will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. If the qualifying degree has yet to be conferred and you expect to have the degree before you begin employment, you must submit transcripts that state the title of the degree you are working toward obtaining and indicate the anticipated completion date in your response to the associated supplemental question provided during the application process. An official copy of your transcripts will be required upon being hired. Instructors will not be allowed to start working until official transcripts have been received.
NOTE: If you have completed coursework at a foreign institution that is not recognized as accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education, you must include a full evaluation of the foreign transcript with your application materials if you wish for us to consider the coursework. To search for institutions that are recognized as accredited by CHEA or the U.S. Department of Education, visit http://www.chea.org/4dcgi/chea/search/index.html?MenuKey=main or http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. For a list of VCCCD-recognized organizations providing transcript evaluation services, visit http://www.naces.org/members
A screening committee will review and screen all applications and associated materials. The candidates deemed most qualified for the position will be invited to an interview. When completing the application and the supplemental questions, it is important to outline in detail your education, training (classes, seminars, workshops), and experience. You will be evaluated based upon the information provided.
Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must inform the Ventura County Community College District Human Resources Department in writing no later than the filing date stated on the announcement. Those applicants needing such accommodations should document this request including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process.
Ventura County Community College District
761 East Daily Drive, Suite 200
Camarillo, California, 93010
805 652 5500
Oxnard College Public Safety Programs
Email: [email protected]
104 Durely Ave | Camarillo CA 93010
The following academic job opportunity is currently open. If you or anyone else is interested in this position, click on the individual website link for a complete job description and to submit your application. For any other inquiries, please email the Ventura County Community College District Human Resources at [email protected].
Emergency Medical Technologies Instructor ( Temporary Full Time Assignment)
Supervisor: Matthew Jewett
Closing deadline is Sunday July 12, 2020
To view the job posting, click on the link below:
Colleagues of the Fire Control 3 Structural Fire Fighting (2018) and curriculum community:
We’ve just turned in the updated Fire Control 3 and Instructor curriculum to staff for inclusion in the agenda for final approval at the July 10, 2020 STEAC meeting.
When this curriculum update started some four years ago, it was hoped to have been completed in 2017. Had it been, we would have need to revise it due to changes in the following NFPA standards. This new curriculum includes all of the provision of these associated standards:
- NFPA 1001: Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications (2019);
- NFPA 1041: Standard for Fire and Emergency Services Instructor Professional Qualifications (2019);
- NFPA 1403: Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions (2018)
Based upon extensive stakeholder feedback from the members of the curriculum cadre, students of the three pilot courses, representatives of the ARTP’s and ALA’s and other members of the California fire service, you will note the following improvements:
We included the CAL FIRE C-404 in the Safety Officer co-requisite requirement.
We created an additional level of instructor type known as “Skills Coach.” In all the activities and skills, the student to skills coach ratio is 5:1, allowing for inquiry, coaching and skill mastery. https://osfm.fire.ca.gov/media/9762/attachment-5-skills-coach-instructor-type.pdf
In cooperation with the CFTDA, ARTP’s and ALA’s, representatives assisted SFT staff with creating a streamlined SFT User Portal Webform PACE instructor update registration process for currently qualified registered instructors of Fire Control 3 (2009). https://osfm.fire.ca.gov/media/10962/fire-control-3-2018-instructor-update-application.pdf
Survey feedback was received from members of the curriculum cadre and students of the three pilot Instructor: Live Fire Training – Fixed Facility courses offered in Menlo Park, Sacramento and Fresno, providing additional improvement guidance to SFT staff.
Based upon the pilot course experience, stakeholder feedback and survey results, a more detailed analysis allowed for additional improvements to the curriculum, aligning it to more closely reflect the NFPA 1403 (2018) standard:
- Adding the Palmer Doll House (multi-chamber burn prop) Activity
- All hose line activities are in compliance with NFPA 1403, eliminating the mandatory language of a low gpm method of gas-cooling from the water application skill.
- Development of three videos to be available on line on the SFT website: Whoosh Box, Single Chamber Burn Prop, and Multi-Chamber Burn Prop.
The updated curriculum documents will be posted to the STEAC website by Monday, June 29, 2020: https://osfm.fire.ca.gov/boards-committees/statewide-training-education-advisory-committee-steac/
Thank you for all of your tireless work to see this very complicated curriculum come to it’s fruition, your contributions were integral to its development and completion.
The July 10, 2020 STEAC meeting is going to be a Zoom format, so I encourage you to attend and participate.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Fire Training Specialist III
Office of the State Fire Marshal
- A friendly reminder that ALL distance education requires review and approval by SFT PRIOR to course delivery. Please be sure to submit the application for online instruction WITH and at the same time the course request is submitted.
- If the course has already been delivered the retro requests can not be accommodated by SFT.
- A course with any online instruction/delivery including hybrid, partial or completely online, falls into the distance education definition and MUST have an online instruction application submitted along side the course request.
If you have any questions in regards to the above points please reach out to Caryn Petty @ [email protected]
Fall 2020 ARTP State Fire Training Fee Increase Impact Questions AND Online/Distance Education Course Delivery Survey/Poll Request from SFT.
Key points in this letter from CARB:
- Low Usage Vehicles must be operated less than 1,000 miles or 50 hours per year, based on a five-year rolling mileage or engine-hour average.
- Mileage is “averaged” over 5 year spans
- There is a requirement that we log the annual hours but there is no reporting requirement necessary to CARB