Tuesday, February 8, 2021
College President Kathleen Plinske immersed herself into a day in the life of our Fire Academy and Law Enforcement Academy students on Thursday, February 3, 2022.
After a fire training and Associate in Science in Fire Science Technology overview at our Fire Training Grounds on Oakridge Road, Kathleen suited up in bunker gear and then participated in interactive fire science training exercises with our students.
Then she traveled to the School of Public Safety (SPS), where she was outfitted with a Law Enforcement Academy shirt and cap and joined the students in training on topics such as critical incidents and active shooter. The active shooter training included the analysis of the law enforcement response to the Pulse nightclub shooting and personal testimony from an Orange County deputy who responded to the nightclub. She then went to the gym and spent an hour with the recruits in physical training, where she was exposed to the rigors and discipline of the law enforcement academy.
“I really enjoyed getting to meet our students at the School of Public Safety and getting a sense of their learning experience,” Kathleen shared. “I am so proud of their dedication and commitment to serving our community.”
Kathleen also joked, that with the physical training exercises at the Law Enforcement Academy, “I was regretting having gone to Orangetheory that morning.”
In the eyes of SPS, Kathleen is now an honorary firefighter and law enforcement officer at Valencia.