METRO FIRE Recruit Academy Graduates New FireFighters

Rancho Cordova, CA. –Metro Fire graduates twelve new Firefighters tonight from the Metro Fire Recruit Academy, a California State Fire Marshal Accredited Fire Fighter 1 Academy. The ceremonies will occur at the City of Citrus Heights Community Center 6300 Fountain Square Dr at 6 pm. The challenging twenty-week Academy had Recruits spending hundreds of hours on the drill ground and in the classroom: combining the knowledge and skills critical for performing emergency operations on scene at fires, emergency medical incidents, motor vehicle accidents and more. They have trained in live fire, simulated collapsed structures, and learned countless other firefighting skills Included in this training was time spent on physical fitness in which recruits not only were instructed by Metro Fire’s Health and Fitness Coordinator how to properly train for the rigors of firefighting, but also on healthy lifestyle and nutrition choices.

Academy staff not only taught recruits the skills needed to be successful in their careers, but also instilled Metro Fire’s core values of Integrity, Professionalism, Teamwork, and Service before Self. Of the twelve graduating Firefighters, nine were already employed by Metro Fire, as Paramedics in our Single Role Paramedic (SRP) program. The SRP program is a career pathway unique to Metro Fire, designed to give the next generation of Firefighters the opportunity to enter emergency medicine as Paramedics and EMTs, with the expectation they will promote to Firefighter/Paramedic, when positions become available. The SRP Program launched in 2013, making this the seventh Academy class to see Paramedics successfully promote to Firefighters.

Metro Fire Academy Class 18-1 will receive their badges and take their oaths to serve the public tonight. During the ceremony, they will also receive their probationary station and shift assignments. The Local 522 Honor Guard will mark the opening and closing of the graduation with the presentation of the Colors by the Honor Guard and traditional fire service processional by its Pipes and Drums.

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