GOSHEN – Orange County hosted a Firefighter 1 graduation ceremony on Thursday, July 25th at the County’s Emergency Services Center in Goshen.
Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois, Assistant District Attorney Chris Borek, Deputy County Clerk Kelly Eskew, Commissioner of Emergency Services Brendan Casey, Deputy Commissioner of Fire Services Vini Tankasali and Orange County Fire Training Chief Jim McCann all attended the event.
“We are proud of this year’s Firefighter 1 class and the commitment they have made to their communities,” said Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus, a past graduate of the County’s Fire Training Program. “I commend the graduates, along with the training instructors, participating fire departments, and their friends and families on this impressive achievement. The commitment to public service made by these brave men and women is admirable.”
This year’s Firefighter 1 graduating class included 31 men and women from the following County Fire Departments: Bullville, Chester, Circleville, Florida, Greenwood Lake, Huguenot, Johnson, Middle Hope, Middletown, Monroe, New Hampton, Salisbury Mills, Tuxedo, Vails Gate, Warwick and Washingtonville. Firefighter 1 is a comprehensive and intensive introductory course required to become an Interior Firefighter.
The course is comprised of 129 classroom hours and additional take home assignments. Courses were taught by Orange County Fire Instructors at the County’s Fire Training Center in New Hampton and entailed lectures and hands on training sessions.
“We are proud of this year’s Firefighter 1 class and the commitment they have made to their communities,” Tankasali said. “It takes much dedication and effort to become a firefighter and the completion of this course illustrates the commitment and selfless dedication of each of the graduates to their communities throughout the County. I offer my congratulations and best wishes as well as my gratitude to them all.”
Residents interested in becoming volunteer firefighters, can contact the County’s Division of Fire Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.