State Fire Marshal Michael Matlick is announcing that 17 firefighters are preparing to graduate from the Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy Basic Firefighter 1 program.
The Fire Training Academy Recruit School program is an 11-week course that meets National Fire Protection Association Standard 1001 for certification at the Firefighter I and Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Level. Graduating firefighters learn basic fire service principles through classroom instruction and rigorous hands-on live fire training.
On August 21, 2009, 18 candidates started the 180-hour Basic Firefighter I program. On November 1, 2009, 17 candidates will be acknowledged for having completed the training. Graduation ceremonies will be held at Mt. Si High School, North Bend, Washington and starts at 10:00 a.m.
The following fire departments and districts are represented in the upcoming graduating class:
Eastside Fire & Rescue (3)
Fire Training Academy (2)
King County Fire District #45 (5)
Kittitas Valley Fire & Rescue (1)
Snohomish County Fire District #26 (1)
Woodinville Fire & Life Safety (2)
Yakima County Fire District #5 (1)
Mason County Fire District #2 (2)
For more information on the Fire Training Academy, contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal at (360) 596-3900.