From Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl:
Nineteen recruits from 13 fire departments across New York have graduated from the state’s firefighter training program, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.
The recruits went through more than 450 hours of training over 11 weeks as part of the Recruit Firefighter Training program, which is held at the Office of Fire Prevention and Control’s Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, Schuyler County.
The graduating class includes firefighters from from Monroe, Dutchess, Broome, and Westchester counties, among others.
“Since 1984, over 1,700 recruits have successfully completed this training,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I applaud the brave men and women who have taken up the call to serve by ensuring the safety and security of their fellow New Yorkers in communities across the State.”
This year’s training class was the 66th that has graduated from the program, which awards national certifications of Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and Hazardous Materials Operations.
The training exceeds the state standards for probationary and non-permanent firefighters.
“The RFFT program is long and arduous but professionally rewarding for students who successfully complete it,” said Bryant Stevens, the state Fire Administrator. “I congratulate these firefighters for their hard work and dedication and wish them the best in their careers.
This week is Fire Prevention Week in New York. On Tuesday, the names of nine firefighters killed in the line of duty—including two from West Webster who were killed in a Christmas Eve ambush—were added to the state Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Albany.
Here’s the list of the graduating class: