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JULY 19, 2022 (UPDATE):


Hello, Chabot-Las Positas Community.
The world lost a fire service legend this month in the passing of Captain Mike Litvinchuk.  
Mike was one of the most influential leaders in fire service training in the bay area, and a one-of-a-kind instructor.  His legacy lives on in every firefighter that was lucky to have been his student.  He gave a lot to the fire service through his work improving state and national fire service training programs. He was also the Training Director for the Alameda County Fire Department, and the lead instructor of the Chabot Fire Academy.
Mike was hired at Chabot College in 1977 and was actively involved in developing rescuing training programs for the Fire Technology program.  As a former marine, he brought a unique discipline to his instruction, and wanted his students to develop the competency and confidence in their abilities to perform the job safely.  He wanted his students to be M.A.C.H.O. (Man/Mamma Able Call Home Okay).  In 1986, Mike took the lead in directing and instructing the Chabot College Fire Academy until his retirement in Fall 2008.  Mike taught 52 Fire Academies at Chabot College, but 117 Fire Academies throughout his career.  
Mike could be described as a soft-spoken marine with a boot-camp instructional style when the students' attention required it for high-risk training operations.  He was highly respected by the rank and file in ACFD, and by his many students throughout the Bay Area and the State of California.  Many of his students promoted to positions of leadership in their careers as Training Officers and Fire Chiefs - many right here in the CLPCCD region.
Mike's integrity, dedication, and passion for the fire service and the training necessary to provide the community with high-quality firefighters inspired many of his former students to take up the challenge as custodians of the Fire Technology program.  Many of the instructors in the fire programs at both colleges were trained or influenced by Mike Litvinchuk.  He constantly sought innovative ways to deliver training, especially with limited resources and facilities, and showed the fire academy instructors how to "improvise, adapt, and overcome."
When Mike taught his last Fire Academy for Chabot College in Fall 2008, it was the 117th Academy and his final one he ever.  He and his wife Karen lived in Elk Grove, but he tended to a 96 fruit tree orchard and plethora of rose bushes for the next 14 years.
In honor of Captain Mike Litvinchuk, retired Director of Training for Alameda County Fire Department, retired Fire Academy Director for Chabot College, ex-marine, ex- seminarian, teacher, mentor, peer and friend, your fellow fire faculty salute you.  Quoting one of your closest friends, "The fire service has lost a dedicated fire fighter, but God has gained."
Warm regards,
William Robert (Bob) Buell, Jr.
Fire Captain, Alameda City (ret.)
Fire Technology Program Coordinator
Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Boulevard
Building 1500, Room 1504
Hayward, CA  94545
510-786-7565 (cell)​​

JULY 16, 2022:

From Captain (Ret.) Bob Buell, Chabot College Fire Technology Coordinator:


Today I received word from Brian Centoni at Alameda County Fire Department that Mike Litvinchuk passed away this week.  Brian received this information from retired Fire Chief Dave Rocha.
When Mike taught his last Academy with Chabot College in Fall 2008, it was the 117th Academy he ever taught.  Along with San Leandro/Alameda County Recruit Academies, Mike taught ladder sessions for Modesto Junior College, Columbia College, and Alameda City Fire Department (among others).
Mike served as a member and President of the Alameda County Training Officers Association and was an officer in the Nor Cal TO's if I remember correctly (I think he served a term as President but might be wrong on that).  He constantly sought innovative ways to deliver training to his department and the region, and often tried new approaches on the Chabot Fire Academy students.  
After retiring from Alameda County Fire Department, Mike remained committed to the Chabot Fire Academy, constantly making adjustments and improvements where he could.  His intention was to ensure every fire academy graduate successfully demonstrated tangible fireground and rescue skills before the completion of the Chabot Academy.  It was amazing what he achieved with that original all-in-one Macintosh computer from the 80's.
This number 117 was important to Mike.  Mike had a thing for the number 13, so when he told me that 117 was divisible by 13, he thought that would be a good number to conclude his instructional career.  So, on the last day of Chabot Fire Academy #54, we gave Mike a cake with the number 117 on it.  Incidentally, there were two Chabot Academies that Mike did not instruct.  So, with 52 of 54 academies at Chabot under his belt, and 52 is divisible by 13, Mike retired at the time and on the terms he intended.
I hope the information above provides some interesting insight to my experience with Mike Litvinchuk over the quarter century that I worked with him at the tower.   Please keep his family in your thoughts during this time.  I'm unaware of any plans for a memorial service at this time.
Be safe and well, and thank you for letting me share this news with you.
William Robert (Bob) Buell, Jr.
Fire Captain, Alameda City (ret.)
Fire Technology Program Coordinator
Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Boulevard
Building 1500, Room 1504
Hayward, CA  94545
510-786-7565 (cell)​​







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The Chabot College Fire Technology Program is one of the longest running programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and the State of California, and is located at:

  • 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, California. See below for an interactive map.


Students are offered coursework that can lead to:


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Bob Buell                

Fire Technology Coordinator & Firefighter 1 Academy Coordinator

Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Blvd.
Building 1500

Hayward, CA 94545


(510) 723-6851 - Office

(510) 786-7565 - Cell


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Fire Technology Instructor & Webmaster


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