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David Baldwin

Captain, Sacramento City (CA) Fire Department

David has been in the fire service for 27 years, 20 with Sacramento Fire. David is currently assigned to Engine 16 in the Meadowview district. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Safety Management from Madison University, an Associate of Science Degree in Fire Science Technology from Sierra College, and is a California Certified Fire Instructor-I.

In addition to being a drill instructor at the Sacramento Fire Department Fire Academy, David is a drill instructor at the Sierra College Regional Fire Academy since 2006. David is a member of the Sacramento Urban Search & Rescue Team and his deployments include: the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, 2001 World Trade Center and the 2005 hurricane Katrina in New Orleans

David Baldwin

Mark Buttron

Battalion Chief, Grass Valley Fire Dept.

Entered fire service in July of 1989. I have had the opportunity to work as a Firefighter in Southern California, an Engineer and Captain in Central California and now here in Northern California as an Engineer, Captain and now Battalion Chief with Grass Valley. Instructor at Sierra College Fire Academy since 2006.

Mark Buttron

Orion Clemens

Engineer, Grass Valley Fire Department

Started career as a seasonal firefighter with the US Forest Service in 2005. Worked as a seasonal firefighter with Nevada County Consolidated Fire District before becoming a career firefighter in 2007 with the Grass Valley Fire Department. Promoted to the rank of Engineer 2013.

Orion Clemens

Kevin Guerrero

Staff Chief, Fire Protection Operations – CALFIRE HQ, Sacramento

Fire Control-3 Senior Instructor, Structure Fire Control and Fire Behavior/Fire Chemistry Instructor

Chief Guerrero began his Fire Service Career in 1990. He holds a BS in Biochemistry/Cell Biology from UC San Diego, and an AS in Fire Technology from Sierra College. He is a Fire Control-3 Senior Instructor and has instructed Fire Behavior at both Sierra and the CALFIRE Academy, where he re-wrote the Fire Chemistry and Structure Fire Behavior curriculum.

He has worked in numerous positions throughout the State and served 11 years on Incident Command Team #1, attaining the position of Plans Section Chief. He maintains a HazMat Specialist, Technical Reference Specialist certification and currently manages Operations Support, Telecommunications, and Statewide Command & Control for CALFIRE.

Kevin Guerrero

Matthew Jewett

Fire Technology Instructor

Matt graduated from the California Maritime Academy with his Bachelors of Science, 3rd Mates Unlimited Coast Guard License and a commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy/Merchant Marine Reserve.

He started his fire service career here at Sierra College where he attended the 02-1 Regional Fire Academy. Matt worked at South Placer FD as a resident firefighter and was hired shortly after with Metro Fire where he worked at the four busiest firehouses in Sacramento County.

While at Metro Fire, Matt worked as a firefighter assigned to the Haz-Mat Truck before he was promoted to Engineer in 2008. Matt held positions as Rescue Boat instructor and River and Flood instructor for the department and 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 ten years of service, Matt was hired by Sierra College as a full time fire technology instructor and is currently the Drill Master for the Regional Academy.

Matt Jewett

John Palmer

Battalion Chief, Roseville Fire Department

John is an instructor and current Planning Chief for the Sierra College Regional Fire Academy. He has taught for the academy since its beginning. His duties include, instruction, assembling the class schedule, coordinating the cadre of instructors, and conducting meetings related to planning. His career in the fire service began in 1976 with Rocklin Fire Department. In 1981 he accepted a position with Roseville Fire Department and retired as a Battalion Chief in 2010. John also has a strong background in building construction and is Hazardous Materials Specialist. He holds AS degrees in Fire Technology and Liberal Arts from Sierra College and a BS degree in Occupational Studies/Vocational Arts from CSU Long Beach.

John Palmer

Tim Palmer

Fire Technology Coordinator, Sierra College

Tim has over 30 years of fire service experience having served as a Volunteer, Student Firefighter, Firefighter, Engineer, Captain and Battalion Chief.

He has an Associates degree from Sierra College, a Bachelors degree from Cal State Long Beach and is a State Certified Company and Chief Officer. Tim is also a State Certified Fire Instructor has been Teaching at Sierra College for 17 years.

Tim Palmer

David Ray

Division Chief, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, Retired

Chief Ray started his fire service career in Nevada County as a volunteer in 1973. He worked up through the ranks and became one of the youngest Fire Chief in the State. Chief Ray became a career firefighter in 1985. Working in all fire department disciplines, his specialty was in training.

Chief Ray has been an adjunct professor for Sierra College since 1997 in the fire technology division. He currently instructs at the fire academy and the Nevada County Campus. Chief Ray retired from Nevada County Consolidated Fire District in May 2013.

Chief David Ray

Mark Romer

Division Chief (Retired)

Chief Romer was in charge of Training for the City of Roseville. Mark started his career in the fire service in the mid 70’s in Marin County. He spent four fire seasons working for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. He was hired by the Corte Madera Fire Department full time in 1981. In 1989 he accepted a position with the Sacramento County Fire Protection Dist. as a full time Training Officer. He spent 10 years with Sac County then on Jan. 4 1999 went to work for the City of Roseville as their new Training Chief he recently retired in April of 09 and went to work for the State Fire Marshal’s Office / Training Division as a retired annuitant assigned to curriculum development. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and an A.S. degree in Fire Technology. He is a Master Instructor and a certified Fire Office.

Fire Academy Director Mark Romer

Joshua M. Sunde

Captain, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District

Sierra College Work History:

  • Instructed last 20 Academies
  • FT-001 Instructor
  • SFM Training Instructor Series Instructor 1A, 1B, 1C
  • Technical Rescue Instructor - RS-1
  • SWR

Professional Work History:

  • USDA Forest Service 5 years, Engines, Crews, Hotshots, Helatack
  • Nevada County Consolidated Fire 13+ years, Assignment Station 84 B-Shift


  • AA Degree General Buisness – Sierra College
  • AA Degree Fire Technology – Sierra College
  • BA Degree Fire Science – (Completion January 2014) – Columbia Southern University
  • SFM Certified Master Instructor
Captain Josh Sunde
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