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Board of Directors | Orchard Hospital
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Art Cota Art Cota Art Cota, Orchard Hospital Board member is a retired firefighter having served for approximately 30 years in the California fire service. During his career Art served as the Chief of State Fire Training, managing the training and education system for firefighters statewide. Art has served on many state and national fire boards and organizations including the National Fire Academy located in Emmitsburg, Maryland for approximately 8 years. After serving as the Fire Chief and Fire Science Program Director at Shasta College he continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member for Lake Tahoe Community College. Active in many community organizations and volunteer projects, Art also serves on the Gridley Education Foundation, Board of Directors, Gridley Unified School District, Board of Trustees, and the Gridley Lions Club. Art and his wife Michelle have two sons; Samuel and Ty and a daughter Kennison.
California Fire Technology Directors Association - Announcements
Art Cota has retired, he has taken over as the Fire Director for Shasta College.
Good Luck Art in your new endeavor. We haven't heard yet who will be taking his place.
California Fire Technology Directors Association - Members
Art Cota, Shasta College11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding, CA 96003Phone: (530) 225-4702Fax (530) 225-4920
Redding: Educational News
The firefighting program at the college is led by Art Cota, who retired in 2005 as chief of fire training for the state fire marshal's office.He joined Shasta College in September. Cota explained that the academy's purpose is twofold: To train students to become firefighters and offer professional development to those already in the field.The training is both technical and academic, including a required English course based on firefighting curriculum. "It's the only college I'm aware of where you can take an English 1A class and learn fire-related topics," he said."You're writing about firefighting and firefighting skills." The emphasis on academics is simple, he said.In all, Cota said about 80 percent to 90 percent of the students graduating from the program find, at the least, seasonal jobs with various agencies, like city and county fire departments, the U.S.Forest Service and CDF. "The job market for people in the fire service is huge," he said. As such, the academy is one of the college's most popular programs.Fire Academy I typically enrolls around 50 students.The more advanced Fire Academy II enrolls about 25 students.The average age of the combined Fire Academy trainees is 27 to 28 years old. "So we got a lot of people transitioning between jobs," Cota said. For 15 years before joining the college, Cota created certification standards and curriculum for college fire academies in California. "I got a chance to visit ... almost every academy in the state," he said."I was very impressed (with Shasta College)." Most of the local fire agencies have close ties to the college's program.In fact, many of the academy's instructors are working firefighters. The departments allow the college to use trucks and other equipment for student training because usually it's those students who will go on to work at one of the local agencies, Cota said.
Redding: Local News
About 150 firefighters attended the free Wildland Firefighter Leadership and Safety Workshop at the Holiday Inn on Hilltop Drive in Redding, said organizer Art Cota, fire chief for Shasta College Fire Department.