History : Fire Technology Program.
Bakersfield College is full of history, the photo on the left Beaty, football
coach; Chief Phil Pifer (seated); Robert Padock assistant chief, and Norman Harris,
coordinator of technical vocational education at Bakersfield college (right). Meet to plan
college and on the job training for city fire department trainees. The firefighters
courses now accredited , will be offered for the first time at the new college campus,
leading to an associates of arts degree.
The Bakersfield College Fire Science program was first setup by joint efforts of chief
Phil Pifer of the Bakersfield fire department and Norman Harris, coordinator of technical
vocational education at Bakersfield college in 1956.
A special curriculum was designed for Bakersfield city firefighters which included
academic courses required for an associates of arts degree, the on the job training
included the use of all types of fire fighting equipment, and the use of motorized fire
equipment under emergency conditions.
This fire science program developed into a in service program for all fire agencies in
Kern county. The main agencies involved were Bakersfield fire department and Kern county