A special graduation ceremony was recently held for new firefighter recruits in Milledgeville, Baldwin and Hancock counties.
“I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication each student put into earning this certification,” said Baldwin County Fire Rescue Lt. Bradley Towe, who serves as fire training officer and fire investigator. “Many fears were overcome throughout this course from the fear of heights or claustrophobia.”
Nineteen graduates participated in ceremonies from the 2020 Firefighter 1 Course.
Currently, the new firefighters are finishing the final steps of completing what is known as Hazardous Materials Operations certification before moving on to the Emergency Responder Course, Towe said.
The new firefighters are required to take the medical course to render basic emergency medical care to victims of involved in various emergencies, he said.
Towe said each of the new recruits has now completed 325 hours of training.
“It reflects the NFPA 1001 Standard,” Towe said.
He explained that the course lasted seven months and consisted of Georgia Basic Firefighter 1 curriculum, as well as Crash Victim Extrication.
“Students set through many classroom lectures, many hands-on skill stations, as well as multiple live fire evolutions,” Towe said.
The new firefighter recruits underwent a 100-question written examination on June 27, and later completed a 21 skills test, which was administered by state evaluators.
Towe said 31 candidates began the course and that by July 15, 19 of them walked across the stage, having earned the distinction of being called a firefighter, Towe said.
He pointed out that 13 of the new graduates work with Baldwin County Fire Rescue, while four of them are with Milledgeville Fire Rescue, and two of them are with Hancock County Fire Rescue in Sparta.
The new firefighter recruits include: Jeffrey Albright, Sydney Columbus, Shepherd Davis, Jessika Feathers, Stephanie Firesheets, Hollie Floyd, Justin Fluker, Wes Folendore, Shelton Graves, Christopher Hamilton, Montavious Harris, Jamie Lawrence, Roger Medbrery, Bradley Miller, Jamirio Morris, Grace Nickell, Patrick Penna, Crystal Sangam and Zane Winkler.