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Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Firefighter Class # 53 to Graduate

Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Firefighter Class # 53 to Graduate

Ceremony to Take Place in East Hartford on May 23, 2014

(Windsor Locks, CT) - The Connecticut Fire Academy proudly announces the graduation of Recruit Class #53. The class of 20 firefighters, representing 14 career and volunteer fire departments from across the state, will complete their 14-week residential-based training program on May 22, 2014.

A graduation ceremony will be held at the East Hartford Parks and Recreation Community Cultural Center, 50 Chapman Place in East Hartford, on Thursday, May 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm.

The class roster consists of firefighters representing fire departments in Bethany, Branford, Bristol, East Hartford, Enfield, Greenwich, Manchester, New Canaan, North Thompsonville, North Haven, Norwalk, the Southbury Training School, Southington and Stratford.

The recruits have been undergoing intensive daily training at the Connecticut Fire Academy since February 14, 2014, focusing on developing knowledge, skills and abilities critical for entry level firefighters. The core program components are to establish a strong desire for and commitment to self-discipline, teamwork, company morale, orderliness and precision. Additional course components include training in Hazardous Materials Mitigation, Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness, Confined Space Rescue, CPR Defibrillator and Technical Rescue. The graduating recruits will be nationally certified to the levels of Firefighter I and Firefighter II, in addition to many being awarded numerous certificates for specialized training.

The Connecticut Fire Academy is the teaching arm of the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, a Division of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Their mission is to serve as the primary source of education and training for Connecticut firefighters.