01/06/08 122 W, 1 I - + 12 - 12 Recruit Academy Starts Monday

Raleigh Fire Department Recruit Academy #34 starts on Monday with 24 future firefighters. They'll train for six months, and graduate on July 7, 2008. During their 26-week academy, the recruits will receive certification as EMT, Firefighter I and II, and Rescue Technician VMR. They will also receive training on haz-mat operations and awareness, fireground procedures, high-rise operations, rapid intervention teams (RIT), accountability systems, safety companies, engine and ladder company operations, and firefighter safety and survival. Hiring started in the summer, and applicants underwent a process that included an agility test, a written exam, background checks, an oral interview, and a physical. Congratulations and good luck. See you on the drill pad. Photo below by Lee Wilson.

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