Meet Your Fire Technology Instructors

Fire Technology Instructors

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Mike Ketaily
Faculty/Department Chair
Fire Technology 
michael_ketaily@vcccd.edu
(805) 678-5071

Captain Mike Ketaily began as a Professional Expert for the Fire Academy in 1997 and has been with Oxnard College ever since. He retired from Los Angeles Fire Department in 2015 after 34 years and accepted a new position at Oxnard College at the same time. His second career has been very fulfilling as he has a great opportunity to be involved with young, motivated, and focused people.

"We are ultimately responsible for training young men and women to save property and lives. It is very rewarding. It has been a pleasure and honor to watch the Oxnard College Regional Fire Academy grow into one of the leading College Fire Academies in the State of California"

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Dave Kromka
Dave Kromka 
Faculty, Fire Technology
dkromka@vcccd.edu
(805) 652-7779 ext. 50760
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.
Fall 2021 Courses

 

 

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FT R161: Wednesdays 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM via Zoom

 

FT R167: Tuesdays from 4:00 PM- 5:00 PM

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Randy Osborne
Faculty, Fire Technology 
rosborne@vcccd.edu
(805) 652-7779 ext. 51255

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. 

Fall 2021 Courses
 

 

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Available via zoom per student request

 

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Scott Dettorre
Faculty, Fire Technology 
scott_dettorre1@vcccd.edu
(805) 652-7779 ext. 51318

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."

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Office Hours 

Mondays 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

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Kevin Kearns
Faculty, Fire Technology 
kevin_kearns@vcccd.edu
(805) 652-7779 ext. 51127

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.

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Company Officer Instructors

Paula Dueweke
Paula Dueweke
Faculty, Fire Technology
 

Paula is a retired Fire and Hazardous Materials Inspector/Investigator with over 20 years in the fire service. She has been teaching since 2013 and have a wide breadth of experience to share with students including general fire prevention and operations, fire investigating, hazardous materials management and incident response, public education/relations, fire and building code use. 

She enjoys teaching and mentoring students and gets a great deal of personal and professional satisfaction from sharing her experience with students to help guide them in their quest for fire service careers. 

 

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Office Hours

 

 Monday - Friday 

8:00AM - 5:00PM 

via Canvas Inbox and by Phone

Stephen McNaughten
 Stephen McNaughten
Faculty, Fire Technology
Born and raised in Southern California, Steve has worked in various jobs including a mail-room clerk, grocery clerk, warehouse worker, movie extra, and a water. He was pursuing the path of business management and economic forecasting; however, he was drawn into public service and began taking fire science and EMT courses in pursuit of becoming a firefighter. The opportunities lead him to begin as a volunteer firefighter and ambulance operator, and finally led him into a career in the Oxnard Fire Department. He was eventually promoted to Battalion Chief and currently runs the Oxnard Fire Prevention Bureau as the Fire Marshal. He has been teaching at Oxnard College as a Professional Expert since 2012 and transitioned to an Adjunct Instructor in 2015. He currently teaches EMT at Ventura College and Fire Technology at Oxnard College. He has a BA in Economics from California State University Fullerton, an AA in Liberal Arts from Citrus College and an AS in Fire Technology from Rio Hondo College. 
Fall 2021 Courses