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Nine Recruits Complete BCES Training as New Firefighters

By STEVE ROSE, Correspondent | November 16, 2020 | GEORGIA

Story No. 111620102

Barrow County, GA - On Friday, November 6th, nine recruits graduated from the Barrow County Emergency Services (BCES) training program. The internal recruit training program lasts for 16 weeks, and includes an intense regimen of physical training and academic study. During training, the students learned many important skills they need to become firefighters. Topics include fire behavior, victim rescue, vehicle extrication, and numerous other subjects.

Captain Brett Skinner, Training Captain for BCES said, “I could not be more proud of this group of men. They learned the meaning of brotherhood, and excelled both physically and academically in recruit school. The entire group graduated with above a 93 GPA or higher. When we set out to recruit firefighters to take this department into the future, these are the type individuals we are looking for.”

The graduation ceremony for Recruit Class 113 was held at River Hills Church, and the keynote speaker was Program Director for AirEva Lifeteam, Eric Kidd. Each recruit was presented with his fire helmet surrounded by friends and family. The graduates leave the recruit training program certified to the level of Firefighter I and II, Hazardous Materials Awareness, and Hazardous Materials Operations.

All nine have been assigned to stations around the county and began reporting for duty the day after graduation. They will continue their education over the next 18 months to become Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

Receiving awards at graduation were:
“Top Rung”- Joseph Martinez and Braylin Fisher
“Academic Excellence” – Daniel Broadhead
“Fire Ground Excellence” – Bradley Marusarz

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.