Metro Fire Recruit Academy Graduates New Firefighters


Citrus Heights, CA. – Metro Fire graduates seventeen new Firefighter/Paramedics on Friday, May 17, 2019 from the Metro Fire Recruit Academy, a California State Fire Marshal Accredited Fire Fighter 1 Academy, under the direction of Assistant Chief and Director of Training Adam House and Drill Master Aaron Todd. The ceremonies will occur at the City of Citrus Heights Community Center 6300 Fountain Square Drive at 6:00 pm.

The eighteen week academy included 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. Recruits trained in live structural and wildland fires, simulated structural collapses, and learned countless other firefighting and rescue skills. Additionally, 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 taught recruits the skills needed to be successful in their careers and instilled Metro Fire’s core values of Integrity, Professionalism, Teamwork, and Service before Self. Of the seventeen graduating Firefighters, several were already employed by Metro Fire, as Paramedics in our Single Role Paramedic (SRP) program; 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. The SRP Program launched in 2013, making this the ninth Academy class to see Paramedics successfully promote to Firefighter/Paramedics.

Metro Fire Academy Class 19-1 will receive their badges and take their oaths to serve the public during the ceremony and also receive their probationary station and shift assignments following fire service tradition. 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.

Graduating Firefighter/Paramedics and other personnel from Metro Fire will be available for interviews on site from approximately 3:30 pm until 4:00 pm only, due to the commencement ceremony scheduling. Additionally, a media video pack with academy footage is available at:

For additional information, please contact Captain/PIO Chris Vestal at (916) 616-2430.

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