Forsyth County, Georgia – In a ceremony held Saturday, June 19, the Forsyth County Fire Department graduated its newest recruit class. Family, friends and Fire Department staff attended the ceremony held at Local Church Forsyth.
During the ceremony, 11 recruits officially became Forsyth County firefighters while one Johns Creek Fire Department recruit also completed training.
“We are pleased to welcome these new members of the Forsyth County Fire Department family,” said Fire Chief Barry Head. “Each graduation ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to spotlight the brave men and women who are entering the profession of serving our communities.”
The recruits completed 18 weeks of intense firefighter training which included instruction on structural fire control, interior search and rescue, flammable and combustible liquids fire control, pressurized container fire control, fire hose testing, truck and engine company operations, hazardous materials awareness and operations, vehicle extrication, public utilities gas/electric safety and terrorism awareness.
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In total, each recruit completed more than 640 hours of certified fire training. Following the fire school portion of their training, the recruits then completed 18 weeks of emergency medical technician, or EMT, training. During the EMT school portion, each recruit completed a total of 720 hours of EMT classroom and clinical instruction. All became certified as nationally registered EMTs. Those graduates were:
- Eric Bizzell, Jr.
- Jeremiah Chapman
- Cole Dudley
- Daniel Gartavel
- Jordan Hardee
- Zachary Junkin
- Adam Martin
- Madelyn Martin
- Erik Prieto
- Andrew Pulliam
- Stephen Pulliam
- Yaakov Baum (Johns Creek Fire Department)