Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Firefighter Class # 46

Graduation Ceremony

The Commission on Fire Prevention and Control announces the graduation of Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Class # 46.  The graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, December 17, 2010 at Manchester Community College beginning at 1:30 p.m.  The keynote speaker will be Chief Ronald J. Samul, New London Fire Department.

The graduating class consists of 41 Firefighters representing 17 fire departments from across the state. The class roster includes seven firefighters going to work for the City of New London and six others heading to Stratford. Five additional firefighters will be starting their careers in Milford and three going to the East Hartford Fire Department.  Other communities and or fire departments represented in the class are Avon, Branford, Bristol, Cromwell, Danbury, Greenwich, Drakeville (Torrington), Noank (Groton), North Haven, Norwalk, Norwich, Ridgefield and Wilton.

The recruits have been undergoing intensive daily training at the Connecticut Fire Academy campus in Windsor Locks since September 7, 2010 focusing on developing knowledge, skills and abilities needed for entry level firefighters.  Core program components of this 14-week residential based training program include establishing a strong desire and will for self-discipline, teamwork, company morale, orderliness and precision.  Training consists of theory backed with extensive skill development.  Additional course components include training in Hazardous Materials Mitigation, Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness, Confined Space Rescue, CPR Defibrillator and Technical Rescue.  Graduating recruits will be nationally certified to the level of Firefighter I and Firefighter II in addition to being awarded numerous certificates for specialized training.

The Connecticut Fire Academy is the teaching arm of the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control.  Their mission is to serve as the primary source of education and training for Connecticut firefighters.

We wish the graduating Recruits a safe, healthy and enjoyable career!