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The original item was published from 3/8/2017 3:56:43 PM to 3/13/2017 12:05:04 AM.
Posted on: March 9, 2017
[ARCHIVED] New Firefighters Take Oath of Office
On Thursday night, six new firefighters took the oath of office and were awarded Firefighter's badges.
On Thursday night, six new firefighters took the oath of office and were awarded Firefighter's badges. Hired in 2015 Probationary Firefighters Steven Boerner, Paul Bostel, Josh Gaffke, Stephen Grass Jr., Gerald Johnson, and Robert Morris began their service with the Apple Valley Fire Department.
The six of them attended a recruit academy for seven months, completing course work online and one day a week learning the practical skills of firefighting, rescue, apparatus operator, hazardous materials, and emergency medical services. In total they received more then 210 hours of training. That training provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully pass four certification tests (written and practical) Firefighter 1 and 2, Hazardous Materials Operations, and Emergency Medical Responder.
Following the initial training period (academy) they have been responding as probationary firefighters for the past twelve months, continuing their education and gaining hands-on experience.