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Allan Hancock College's fire academy instructor retires after 30 years

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Posted at 3:12 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 18:12:27-05

Hancock College's Fire Academy Coordinator Andy Densmore is retiring after three decades of service.

“Andy is a legend in the firefighting community,” said Mitch McCann, associate dean for Hancock’s Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc. “His leadership has impacted our entire college and will be missed by not only the men and woman of public safety training, but the entire firefighting community.”

Densmore graduated from the college's fire academy in 1978.

He spent 30 years as a firefighter before retiring as battalion chief.

His final year at Hancock was impacted by covid-19, but college officials say Densmore helped implement new safety procedures that allowed the firefighter training program to continue during the pandemic.

“The impact that Andy has had on the fire service in our community cannot be overstated,” said Hancock superintendent and president Kevin G. Walthers. “We know that our families, neighbors and friends are in good hands because of the excellent training he has provided for generations of firefighters."

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