Ventura Training Center

Firefighter Training & Reentry Program

The Ventura Training Center is a unique innovative program and collaboration between CAL FIRE, DAPO, CCC & ARC. It is an 18-month residential program that gives opportunity to previously incarcerated individuals for the following: Rehabilitation Life Skills Job Readiness Professional Experience Firefighter Training & Certifications and Much More!

Our Mission

To train and develop participants for careers in firefighting, providing emergency response, and resource conservation while enhancing rehabilitative efforts in the State of California.

Life Skills & Human Development

Ventura Training Center offers support in the following life skills, health & wellness, education and human development: Self- Help Meetings 1- On- 1 Counseling Behavioral Services Life Skills Workshops Tutoring Money and Time Management AB 2147/ Discharge Support Computer Literacy Classes Tattoo Removal Educational Opportunities; HS Diploma, College Courses


The VTC Participants receive training in: Wildland Firefighting Leadership Public Safety First Aid Hazardous Materials Response Structural Firefighting Rescue

Job & Life Experience

Gain experience on an elite fire crew Become a professional Firefighter Respond to emergency incidents Train weekly on all risk firefighting Work with a team Learn how to be a leader Conduct fuel reduction projects Attend weekly life skills classes Become a part of a mentorship program Learn how to become an effective communicator Learn how to be a productive, proactive, producing member of society.

Pay & Benefits

Monthly paid stipend $2265 (Beginning October 2021) plus emergency excess pay while fighting fires Medical insurance benefits


Enrolled: 344
Total Jobs to Date: 206

Numbers & Successes

Enrolled in the program
Graduates with jobs

How to Join

Minimum Requirements to Apply:

For an individual to be considered for our program, they need to fill out and follow the instructions on form CDCR 2238. The application requires the recommendation and signature from Cal Fire Chief/LA County Fire Dept. Chief and CDCR Lt. All applications are screened, scored, and ranked (first, second and third). The recommendations from the camp/CDCR fire house are heavily taken into consideration. We then select the highest scoring individuals (usually ranked first or second) for the program. Those selected are also vetted by all agencies at the center.

– Paroling from a camp/CDCR fire house on the current commitment offense

– Have a TABE score 9 or above, if not, a high school diploma or GED

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