The 80th class of recruits from the New York State Fire Academy includes one young man returning home to serve his community with the City of Cortland Fire Department.
Marathon native Evan Holl is one of 22 graduates commended Friday by Governor Andrew Cuomo, during a special ceremony at the Office of Fire Prevention and Control’s Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls.
A total of 13 fire departments were represented by graduates of the class, which provides basic training for both volunteer and recently hired career firefighters.
“I applaud these graduates on their accomplishment and know they have the right training to serve their communities well now and in the future,” said New York State Fire Administrator Francis Nerney. “They join the over 100,000 men and women serving in the fire service across New York, and I thank them for their commitment to public service and public safety.”
During the 11-week program, recruits participate in more than 500 hours of training in both classroom and practical settings.
Classes focus on areas such as emergency vehicle and pump operations, flammable gas firefighting, basic rescue technician skills and foundational firefighting training and operations.
Recruits also participate in daily physical fitness training in preparation for the Candidate Physical Ability Test.
Upon completion, graduates will have received national certification from the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications in Firefighter I, Firefighter II and Hazardous Materials Operation.
Upon the initial suspension of in-person training, recruits worked to complete the classroom-based portions of the curriculum remotely through on-line training presented by OFPC at their home department, with oversight from their department’s training officer.
With classroom work complete, State Fire officials worked to implement comprehensive health and safety measures to protect recruits as they complete the physical portion of the course.
As part of this effort, recruits are now be required to complete the same screening process which has been implemented at state-owned facilities across the state.
Specifically, recruits have their temperature taken and are asked a series of questions to identify their potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. This occurs each week as recruits enter the academy, and then twice daily as they are on site.
A number of changes have also been implemented at the Academy itself to ensure an enhanced level of safety. More details can be found here.
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