The fire academy at Allan Hancock College is putting a bigger emphasis on safety linked to covid-19.
Since the pandemic hit, academy class sizes have been cut by a third, cadets are screened before they enter the facilities, and they must socially distance and wear masks.
Once they go home, cadets are committed to their individual responsibility.
"On weekends, we're studying. We're hitting the books. We're making sure that we're not out there putting our battalion in jeopardy and possibly getting this virus,” said Camila Schafer, battalion 145 class president.
Employment of firefighters is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations across the country.