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Oxnard College Public Safety

The Oxnard College Public Safety Department offers Firefighter I & Firefighter II Academy, AS Degree in Fire Technology, Wildland Academy, Lifeguard Academy, and EMT Courses. 

Fire Academy Staff - Jack Twitchell, Dave Kromka, Tami Crudo, Berenice Rodriguez, Matthew Jewett, Mike Ketaily

Our faculty and management have many years' experience in their field. Our Fire Academy and Fire Technology instructors are either current or retired firefighters, and our EMT instructors are paramedics or registered nurses and have tremendous knowledge. We are all dedicated to student success and take pride in providing a comprehensive educational/vocational program that meets the needs required for recruitment throughout the State of California.

For more information on our programs, please click on the following links:

Fire Technology

Fire Academy

Emergency Medical Technician

Lifeguard Academy

Wildland Academy

Matthew Jewett
Matthew Jewett, MSOL
(805) 678-5307


Matt graduated from the California Maritime Academy with a BS degree, 3rd Mates Unlimited Coast Guard License and commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy/Merchant Marine Reserve.

He started his fire service career at Sierra College where he attended the 02-1 Regional Fire Academy. Matt worked at South Placer Fire Department as a resident firefighter and was hired shortly after with the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District/Metro Fire.

While at Metro Fire, Matt worked as a firefighter assigned to the HazMat Team/Truck before he was promoted to Engineer in 2008. Matt held positions as Rescue Boat instructor and River and Flood instructor for the department. He was selected to teach as a drill Instructor for the new hire fire academies from 2006-2012. As a drill instructor, he held various positions of logistics, planning, administration and operations officer. Matt was a drill instructor for the California Regional Fire Academy from 2009-2012 and was also assigned to Metro's training division as a training officer from 2010-2012.

After 12 years of service, Matt was hired by Sierra College as a full-time Fire Technology Instructor and served as the drill master for the Regional Academy. Matt pursued additional education and obtained his Masters in Organizational Leadership. The opportunity came to test and promote to an Assistant Dean at Oxnard College and Matt jumped at the opportunity.

"I could not pass on an opportunity to serve the Ventura County and Oxnard City communities. The Public Safety Programs and Staff at Oxnard College are the best in the state and I want to work with the best to provide the highest level of training possible for our future safety professionals."

Berenice Rodriguez.
Berenice Rodriguez, MBA
Administrative Assistant
(805) 678-5157

Berenice started at Oxnard College in 2014 as an Office Assistant for EOPS. She promoted to Administrative Assistant for the Oxnard College Foundation, the President's Office, and the CTE Department in 2019 and in early 2020 she transferred to the Public Safety Department.

She graduated from Oxnard College in 2013 with an Associates in Business Administration and an Associates in Social & Behavioral Sciences. In 2017 she was accepted into the University of La Verne where she earned her BA in Business Administration in 2018, and her MBA in 2020. 

She is very excited to be part of the Public Safety Department and eager to learn everything the department has to offer.