Fire Technology Instructors
Our Fire Technology faculty have spent many years as career firefighters and are experts in their fields. We take pride in our program and are committed to preparing students with the knowledge and skills for students interested in public safety careers.
Chief Lynch is an Oxnard College graduate and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Studies from California State University, Long Beach. His previous experience includes working for the Ventura Co. Fire Department, CAL Fire and he served nearly 26 years with the City of Glendale Fire Department. While in Glendale, he held the positions of Firefighter, Firefighter/Paramedic, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, and Deputy Fire Chief. In 2021, he retired at the rank of Deputy Fire Chief. Chief Lynch is a licensed Paramedic and California State Certified Fire Instructor in multiple disciplines. He is married and has two college-age children. He enjoys surfing, saltwater fishing, and traveling with his family.
Captain Kromka was a firefighter with Ventura County Fire Department for 39 years and has been teaching at Oxnard College for over twenty years. He has been on several mission trips around the world with Firefighters for Christ training many different firefighters but most of his work has been in the Camarillo area. He feels blessed with all the wonderful folks that have poured their experience into his life and wishes to pass on this information to others.
Engineer Randall Osborne has been teaching at Oxnard College since 2011 and has also been teaching at College of the Canyons since 2009. Mr. Osborne is passionate about passing on to the next generation of firefighters the successes and failures of the past to prepare them to succeed in their career pursuit.
When he is not teaching, Mr. Osborne loves to be with his family. He has been married to his wife Lori for 41 years and they share two daughters, Amy and Emily. His daughter Amy is married to Brent Kneisler, an L.A. City Firefighter. They have four amazing grandchildren, of which Mr. Osborne is extremely proud.
Mr. Osborne worked for L.A. County Fire Department and was a firefighter, wildland patrolman, paramedic, HazMat Technician, and an engineer on truck companies and fire engines. He finished his career in prevention as an inspector in the Schools and Institutions Office. His main subjects are fire prevention and wildland firefighting.
Captain Dettorre started his career in the fire service in 1983 as a reserve firefighter for Ventura County FD. He was hired as a full time firefighter in 1986 with Santa Barbara County FD where he promoted to the rank of fire engineer/inspector. In 1990 he returned to Ventura County FD where he finished his 32 year career in the fire service. While at VCFD, he promoted through the ranks to captain, working a variety of assignments. Captain Dettorre finished his career at the VCFD as a training captain. In 2013, Captain Dettorre joined the staff at Oxnard College as a professional expert in the Fire Technology Department.
"Looking back, I've always had a life long passion for teaching and learning, starting with my degree in physical education from CSUN so it was an easy decision to join the staff at OC when given the opportunity to share my knowledge with the next generation of firefighters. I look forward to every session with our students to help make them the best they can be."
Captain Kearns worked for the Los Angeles City Fire Department for 33 years, 25 of those as a Captain. He earned his AA degree in Fire Science at Pierce College, and a BA from CSULA in Fire Protection Administration and Technology. He has been teaching at Oxnard College Regional Fire Academy for the past 16 years and has been teaching Fire Technology classes for the past six years.
He has two sons and a son-in-law who are Captains in the Fire Service and began their journey, here, at Oxnard College.
He has been married for 44 years and has three children, and four grandchildren.
He has been mentoring students for the past 40 years to help them attain their goal of becoming a firefighter.