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Two Firefighters Graduate Firefighter Training Program – Serving City of Cortland Fire Department


Two firefighters for the City of Cortland Fire Department have graduated with 30 other classmates from the state Recruit Firefighter Training Program at the Office of Fire Prevention and Control’s Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls.

This was the 89th Recruit Firefighter Training class held and with their graduation, all 32 firefighters will serve now as career firefighters in their departments and will also receive national certification from the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications in Firefighter 1 and 2 and Hazardous Materials Operations.

For the City of Cortland Fire Department, both Benjamin Bowers and Vincent Reed graduated from the school and will now join the ranks of their fellow firefighters.

“Congratulations to the graduates of the 89th Recruit Firefighter training class. You join the thousands of firefighters across New York State who risk their lives day in and day out to protect New Yorkers from fire danger and other emergencies. Thank you for your commitment to public safety and your service to your local communities.”

Commissioner Bray said in a release.

The training takes 15 weeks to complete and includes over 600 hours of classroom instruction and practical training. Classroom instruction covers a wide range of situations firefighters may encounter including structural, vehicle and flammable liquid firefighting. Trainees also learn operating aerial devices, traffic incident management, health and safety, rescue, hazardous materials response and technical rescue.

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