STATE OF CONNECTICUT

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION

Commission on Fire Prevention and Control

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE

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Reuben F. Bradford

Commissioner

Jeff Morrissette

State Fire Administrator

For Immediate Release: December 5, 2013

Contact: Jeff Morrissette

860-566-0690

jeff.morrissette@ct.gov

Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Firefighter Class # 52 to Graduate

Ceremony to Take Place on December 6, 2013

(Windsor Locks, CT)-The Connecticut Fire Academy proudly announces the graduation of Recruit Class #52. The class of 54 firefighters, representing 19 career and volunteer fire departments from across the state, will complete their 14-week residential based training program on December 5, 2013.

A graduation ceremony will be held at the Parson's Government Center in Milford on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 1:30pm. The class roster consists of firefighters representing fire departments in Andover, Bridgeport, Danbury, East Haven, East Wallingford, Fairfield, Franklin, Gales Ferry, Goshen, Manchester, Milford, Naugatuck, New Canaan, North Haven, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Southington, Stratford, and UCONN.

The recruits have been undergoing intensive daily training at the Connecticut Fire Academy since August 26, 2013 focusing on developing knowledge, skills and abilities needed for entry level firefighters. The core program components are to establish a strong desire and will for 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 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, 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.