Al Marland started his career with the City of Huntington Beach in April 1988 as a Facilities Maintenance Worker and was promoted in 1992 to Building Maintenance Assistant. His position was eventually upgraded to his current position of Fire Training Maintenance Technician.
In his current capacity Al is responsible for the maintenance, support, and coordination of our Fire Department Training Center. The Training Center is actually a partnership between the City of Huntington Beach and the City of Fountain Valley, and is where we provide all of our year-round classroom and manipulative training to ensure the highest level of safety and operational readiness for our firefighters, and to ensure our compliance with local, State, and federal training and safety mandates. It also includes a variety of live fire burn props.
Our facilities, through a partnership with Santa Ana College, are the home of the College’s Basic Fire Academy Program where they train the future of the fire service, and also frequently used by several other agencies for specialized training throughout the year.
Al is one of those employees that throughout his career has poured his heart and soul into supporting the mission of the fire service. He has been an Advisor to our City’s Search & Rescue Explorer Post, an instructor for Santa Ana College, received numerous certifications in order to help conduct live fire training, and consistently goes above and beyond to keep the training center in a continual state of readiness.
Al was one of the leaders in establishing our student worker program and has mentored many of these young people to successfully reach their goal of becoming firefighters. Over the years, Al has also helped provide fire safety training to other City Departments, as well as a variety of State and Federal agencies.
Our fire department training center is one of the most well run centers you will find anywhere, and we have achieved a great reputation for the training we provide. Much of this credit goes to Al and his tireless efforts to help make a difference.
Al Marland was presented with the Mayor’s Award at the December 17th City Council Meeting. He is shown in the photo with his family, Mayor Connie Boardman, Fire Chief Patrick McIntosh and fellow Fire Department staff members.