I did my firefighter 1 and 2 and Tolles in Plain City. I recommend going straight for the Ohio Fire Academy if you can. Tolles was cool, but the discipline of the academy can't really be matched. I know a couple of firefighters in Powell. Do you know Doug Simmons? He's at whatever station is on Sawmill Rd near Drugmart and Bob Evans and all that. He was my instructor lol, and he's pretty hot for an older guy ;-p In regards to Cali, get out there and fight wildfires for a summer and two and then you'll definitely get hired on a full time department, I promise you.