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Fire Science/First Responder Recognized with Distinguished California Education Honor

December 6, 2019 by MetroED 0 comments


San Jose, Calif., December 6, 2019 –Fire Science/First Responder receives Golden Bell Award from California School Boards Association celebrating outstanding education programs and governance practices.

Fire Science/First Responder was selected as one of 57 recipients of  California’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Awards, celebrating their 40th year, are presented by the California School Boards Association to promote excellence in public education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices. The awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs.

Fire Science/First Responder received its award at a well-attended reception and ceremony on Dec. 5, 2019, at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. The awards ceremony was part of CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show held from Dec. 5-7 in San Diego. The conference is the premier continuing education event for California school boards and the largest education leadership conference in the state.

In Fire Science/First Responder, students will be introduced to Fire Department and Emergency Services related fields and techniques used to perform the job. The class focuses on academic, technical skills, employability, and career readiness practices. Students will develop personal and professional skills in the classroom that will transfer to the workplace:

  • Time management and organization
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Work with a variety of technology
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • Job search skills including: resume, job applications and effective interview skills
  • Essentials of Fire Department Customer Service

A judging panel composed of experts from school districts and county offices of education across the state reviewed written entries and made initial recommendations. On-site validators then reviewed the recommendations and assessed the programs in action. This year’s Golden Bell winners demonstrated that they are addressing student needs through areas such as equity and access, school climate and safety, technology and wellness.

“A huge congratulations goes out to Phil Gonzales and Oscar Tovar, our Fire Science/First Responder instructors!  They have built an outstanding program well-deserving of this recognition,” said Superintendent Alyssa lynch.

“Now more than ever is a time to acknowledge and celebrate innovative and impactful programs that make a difference in the lives of our young people,” said CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy. “This year’s Golden Bell winners truly serve as beacons of success as we work to more fully and equitably serve all of California’s public school students.”

To learn more about the Golden Bell awards and all the winners, visit the program’s website at


CSBA is a nonprofit education association representing the elected officials who govern public school districts and county offices of education. With a membership of nearly 1,000 educational agencies statewide, CSBA brings together school governing boards and district and county office administrators to advocate for effective policies that advance the education and well-being of the state’s more than 6 million school-age children. Learn more at