Twelve Fire Recruits to Graduate from Academy Tomorrow
Sacramento County, CA. – Metro Fire’s newest firefighters are set to graduate from their Firefighter I Academy Friday, December 16th in Citrus Heights. The 20-week fire academy has been physically, academically, and emotionally grueling for recruits. They have been placed in intense situations and expected to perform, learning first-hand, what it means to “dig deep.” Hundreds of hours were spent on the drill ground and in the classroom: throwing ladders, deploying hoselines, assessing and treating patients, starting IVs, running scenarios, and more. They were required to meet time standards for donning turnouts and SCBAs. They have trained in live fire, simulated collapsed structures, and learned countless other firefighting skills, while writing papers, taking tests, and being evaluated in EMS scenarios. Though required to start with a basic level of fitness, they have spent the first hour of every day doing intense fitness training, preparing them for the job of a Firefighter.
Academy staff not only taught recruits the skills needed to be successful in their careers, but also instilled Metro Fire’s core values of Integrity, Professionalism, Teamwork, and Service before Self. Their class motto, “No Relinquas,” highlights their strength, both as individual recruits and together as a class – never quit, never abandon, never leave behind.
Of the 12 recruits graduating, eight were already employed by Metro Fire in our Single Role Paramedic (SRP) program. The SRP program is 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, with the expectation they will promote to Firefighter/Paramedic when positions become available. The SRP Program launched in 2013, making this the sixth Academy class to see Paramedics successfully promoted to Firefighters.
Metro Fire Academy Class 16-2 will receive their badges and take their oaths to serve the public tomorrow at 6pm. The ceremony will be held at the Citrus Heights Community Center, 6300 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights, CA 95621.