Recruits set to graduate from fire academy

Fourteen complete requirements for basic firefighter certification

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 10, 2008 - An order of service will be held Friday night to honor the 14 Northeast Texas Fire & EMS Training Academy recruits' accomplishment in meeting state standards to obtain basic firefighter certification.

The class is composed mostly of Texas residents, with at least one out-of-state resident and two Canadians, who as of Thursday completed the course requirements and passed the test for international firefighter certification. They have been in class since April, and a number of the recruits have also completed the basic emergency medical technician course, as well.

They completed book work regarding various skills levels, then received hands-in on instruction. They also participated in a two-day "real world" activity, during which they stayed at a local volunteer fire station, where their instructors dispatched them to a variety of calls throughout their "shift," and were put through various staged scenarios in the field which required them to utilize the skills they had learned.

The commencement service for Northeast Texas Fire-EMS Training Academy Recruit Class 27D will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Nazarene, 1300 South League St.

Graduates include Paul Barnum, Josh Cole, Josh Taylor Cole, Braden Fournier, Jonathan Jones, Joshua King, Lucas Lane, Ahmad Mohamad, Todd Parchman, Bill Ramos, David Roell, Scott Williams, Luis Sgroi and Bryan Whitaker.

Enrollment in the next basic fire suppression course, which begins Sept. 1, is under way. Applications are available at Northeast Texas Fire & EMS Training Academy, located on Sharon Lane.

For more information, call 903-438-0300.

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