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California sees a decline in firefighters as many incarcerated firefighters in the Conservation Camp Program (CCP) have been released due to prison overcrowding and the fear of outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus within prisons. Upon release, these people were not eligible for professional employment as firefighters. Gov. Gavin Newsome decided to change this reality by signing AB-2147 which allows incarcerated firefighters to become professionals upon release. (File photo)

Newsom signs legislation allowing incarcerated firefighters to become professionals upon release

Oden Taylor, Feature Editor October 19, 2020

“I remember intense heat and smoke, exploding trees and the eerie orange glow at night sleeping in the hose bed of the fire engine,” Byron Gustafson said as he recalled his career in firefighting.  Gustafson...

Firefighters Jake Bartlett and Gabriel Gomez carry fire hoses down from the top level of the American River College parking structure on Sept. 17, 2019. Sacramento Metro Fire District engines 24 and 103 ran drills testing the structure’s standpipe water system, which they would use in the event of a fire within the parking garage. (Photo by Jennah Booth)

Metro Fire tests parking structure fire procedures

Jennah Booth September 19, 2019

Sacramento Metro Fire District engines 24 and 103 visited American River College  morning to practice emergency procedures and test the standpipe water system in the ARC parking structure.  Because...

Shania Villafan, a communications major, wears a mask at American River College to combat the unhealthy air from the Camp Fire in Butte County, on Nov. 14 2018. (Photo by Tracy Holmes)

Los Rios campuses closed due to unhealthy air quality

Jennah Booth and Tracy Holmes November 14, 2018

By Jennah Booth & Tracy Holmes Los Rios Community College District announced through a district-wide RAVE alert on Wednesday that classes across all Los Rios colleges are cancelled through the rest...

Metro firefighters contain an estimated 50 square foot fire that started from unknown causes near the trail that runs by the American River College campus on Oct. 13. (Photo by Patrick Hyun Wilson)

Breaking News: Fire on trail behind campus extinguished

Patrick Hyun Wilson October 13, 2018

A fire of unknown causes started behind the trail that runs behind the American River College campus on Saturday. Los Rios Police officers Andrew Simon and Greg Anderson were alerted to the fire after...

The Rancho Cordova Police Department has yet to identify the suspect involved in the shooting of a non-student at the Folsom Lake College Rancho Cordova Center on April 12, 2020. (File Photo)

LRPD refuses to talk to the Current about campus safety

December 5, 2017

The Current recently set out to write an article on campus safety. The intention was to provide students with a detailed layout of different emergency procedures in the event of an active shooter, earthquake,...

Fire Science Professor Al Iannone shows a slide showing wildfires during a school College Hour that mainly covered prepaining for wildland fires on Sept. 3, 2015. (Photo by Matthew Nobert)

College hour discusses how to be prepared for wildfires

Matthew Nobert September 15, 2015

With the drought in California being so serious the threat of wildfires has increased, on Thursday Sept. 3 at American River College in Raef Hall room 160, fire science professor Al Lannone presented “Preplanning...

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