Douglas County welcomes 5 new graduates to the ranks of the Fire/EMS Department. Take a look!
****FIVE NEW FIREFIGHTERS GRADUATE FROM “ROOKIE SCHOOL” INTO THE RANKS OF THE DOUGLAS COUNTY FIRE/EMS DEPARTMENT****
Five firefighters recently graduated into the Douglas County Fire/EMS Department after 10 strenuous weeks of “rookie school”, an intensive and exhaustive course consisting of classroom instruction and live fire training. Most of the training took place at the County’s Fire Training Center located off Cedar Mountain Road.
Graduation was held in Citizen’s Hall of the Douglas County Courthouse that was attended by friends and family as well as State Representative Micah Gravley and Douglas County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan. The five new firefighters are:
Firefighter/EMT Kyle Carnley
Firefighter/EMT Asha Joseph
Firefighter/EMT Kaitlyn Massey
Firefighter/EMT Jennifer Rogers, and
Firefighter/EMT Daniel Smith.
All five firefighters are now assigned to various shifts and stations throughout the Douglas County Fire/EMS system, and are on active duty.
All firefighters in the Douglas County Fire/EMS Department are first responders – cross-trained and cross-certified as firefighters and either EMT, Paramedic, or other medical certification – so that whomever is the first to the scene of an incident will have the necessary training to evaluate the situation and call in appropriate and applicable assistance.
During the graduation ceremony, each new firefighter received his certification, shield and badge, and took the Oath of Office administered by Fire Chief Scott Spencer and Deputy Fire Chief Scott Zachmeyer.
Douglas County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan spoke to the men about the brotherhood of firefighters, stating that “the brotherhood supports each other in the fire, in the station house, on the road, and in the home” and that the brotherhood is “strong” and has demonstrated its strength over the past few months, not only in times of emergency, but in the retirement of long-serving firemen and those lost to and threatened by cancer. He welcomed the rookies into the Douglas County Family, and thanked them in advance for what they will do with their lives.