College Goes to Fire Station

College Goes to Fire Station

Eight firemen and a student dispatcher who received their associate of arts degree from Barstow College last June stand with Chief W. R. Pinkerton of the Barstow, Calif., Fire Department.

Barstow College has a unique educational program for fire fighters at the Barstow, Calif., Fire Department. Firemen attend general educational classes while they are on duty.

Formerly, they drove 160 miles a week from Barstow, in the center of the Mojave Desert, to fire science courses at San Bernardino Valley College or Riverside City College.

Since the establishment in 1960 of the education incentive awards program, a fireman is paid $7 a year more for each credit hour completed, or $500 for an associate of arts degree in fire science and $1,000 for a bachelor’s degree.

The Barstow department has 13 fulltime personnel, 33 call men, two student dispatchers from Barstow College and a secretary-dispatcher. Twenty-three are involved in one or more courses and eight graduated with an associate of arts degree in fire science last spring. One of the student dispatchers received his degree in mathematics at the same time. Five of the fire fighters were in the top 12 percent of the graduating class, with two in the top 2 percent.

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