Amber Shay Mountford
Mission College '98
High School: Flathead (MT)
Hometown: Kalispell, MT
My name is Amber Shay Mountford, I am a former student of the Mission College Fire Technology program and attended from 1996-1998. Because of the classes I took there and putting in the effort and hard work, I landed my dream job. I got hired with the Santa Clara County Fire Department in 2002 and still hold my position as a proud firefighter/engineer. One instructor in particular stands out, Mike Burtch. He really encouraged me to stick to my dreams and never give up. As I advanced through my career, I became very involved with academy teaching. I currently hold all of my state fire marshal instructor certifications. I wanted to be able to pay it forward and teach others, like I was inspired by all of my fire technology instructors at Mission College.
This also inspired me to develop Blaze of Glory Fitness (tm) to help prepare, train, guide and motivate potential firefighters. My goal is to get people physically fit to help them pass physical agility tests, such as the CPAT, as well as to successfully complete a fire academy. In addition to that, I also provide consultations for oral board interview prep, resume building and other services unique to firefighting. My program is taught by me as well as other career firefighters who share my passion.
Thank you to the fire technology program at Mission college and all of the instructors!