Firefighter graduates ready to put training into action
The Calgary Fire Department held the graduation ceremony for 18 new firefighters who are ready to take their place on the front lines after 13 weeks of academically and physically challenging training.
“This group of graduates is about to become part of a very distinguished and brave group of individuals who puts their lives on the line for others each and every day...first responders,” said Deputy Mayor Jim Stevenson.
After graduation, the new firefighters will be assigned to different Calgary fire stations where they will complete eight months as probationary firefighters and be mentored by senior members as they put their training into action. Training includes vehicle extrication, live fire exercises, emergency medical responder training, and public education and awareness for community fire prevention and safety.
“I am immensely proud of this class of recruits,” said Fire Chief Steve Dongworth. “They have already shown themselves to be great examples of Calgary Fire’s values, and I know they’ll be valuable additions to The City of Calgary.”
These 18 will join more than 1,300 firefighters dedicated to the safety of all Calgarians. Located across the city in 39 fire stations, Calgary firefighters provide a range of both emergency and non-emergency services. Emergency services include responding to fires, emergency medical calls, vehicle accidents, and more specialized rescue services such as confined spaces, aquatic rescue and collapsed structures. They also work hard to share public safety information to help prevent emergencies before they happen.
Although Calgary Fire is currently not accepting new applications, anyone who is interested in learning more about a career as a firefighter can visit www.calgary.ca/fire. Calgary Fire will reopen recruitment when the current pool of qualified applicants goes through training.