12/05/10 486 W - + 11 - 3 Garner FD Recruit Graduation and Promotion Ceremony, Thursday, Dec. 9

The Garner Fire Department will hold a recruit graduation and promotional ceremony on Thursday, December 9. The location is the Garner Historic Auditorium at 742 W. Garner Road. The ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m.

Badges will be pinned on 17 new firefighters, four Captains, six Lieutenants, two First Class Firefighters, and four volunteer Engineers. The ceremony recognizes the accomplishments that these members have made, and allows their family and friends to be part of this great occasion.

The majority of the new positions have resulted from the opening of Garner's fourth fire station at 125 Spaceway Court. The facility is a joint venture with Wake County and the town of Garner. The new station was funded for nine new positions, with three personnel per 24-hour shift staffing an engine company. Station 4 also houses a Wake County EMS unit.

Thirteen firefighters were hired on June 28, four of which were fully qualified to fill vacant positions within the department. The other nine started as members of Wake County Recruit Academy 3.

The five-month academy had a total of 23 firefighter recruits from throughout the area. It was run by two training specialists from Wake County Fire Services, Joe Knurowski and David Zoltoski. They work under Training Director Ricky Dorsey. The academy's classes were taught by Wake Technical Community College instructors from this area.

Each day of the academy started at 0800 hours with physical fitness. After 45 minutes of intense core exercises, the recruits started the day's instruction. They were trained to become Emergency Medical Technicians, North Carolina certified Firefighters Level II, and North Carolina Rescue Technicians.

They also received training in hazardous materials, national incident command systems, and firefighter safety and survival skills. All told, they logged 771 hours of training in five months.

Three firefighters were hired October 1, as a result of the merger of Garner EMS & Rescue with the department. This merger resulted in a transfer of the town's rescue contract, and Garner Fire-Rescue welcomed the three new employees.

On November 20, the Board of Directors appointed Matthew Poole as Fire Chief and Capt. Tim Herman as Deputy Fire Chief. These promotions resulted in the creation of one more open position, and the fire department is hiring another recruit from the recent academy.

The new and promoted firefighters are listed below. Congratulations to the Garner Fire Department and those honored next week.

Probationary Firefighters
Patrick Schambs, Jeff Gulley, Christian Kemp, Scott Rietvelt, Bryce Overton, Dean Falzon, Bradley Harper, Jason Pope, Matthew Spivey, Jeff Wommack, Ben Fredette, Michael Henderson, Robert Hodge, Jason Bellissimo, Robert Shoemaker, George Sutherland, John Booth.

Mike Bishop, Jason Deitch, Don Johnson, Jeff Jordan, Bradon Smith.


Ronnie Correia, Thomas Baucom, Daniel Ward, Kevin Kenny, Greg Hodges, Scot Camden.

Firefighter First Class
Robert Beasley and Jason Stephens

Volunteer Engineers
Jody Steadman, John Miller, Lindsey Putman, and Danny Durham

Deputy Chief
Tim Herman

Fire Chief
Matthew Poole

Source: Garner Fire Department press release.

Captains- Mike Bishop, Jason Deitch, Don Johnson, Jeff Jordan, and Bradon Smith.
Tim Herman (Web Site) - 12/08/10 - 16:45

Thanks for the correction Tim. They were buried at the end of the probationary firefighters. I have restored them above.
Legeros - 12/08/10 - 18:29

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