23 Firefighters Complete Basic Training in Two Local Programs

September 1, 2014

23 Firefighters Complete Basic Training in Two Local Programs

9/1/14 - After months of training as part of two local programs, 23 firefighters are moving to the next level. The Livingston County Fire Academy recently graduated 14 new firefighters as part of the Firefighter I & II Academy hosted by the Brighton Area Fire Authority, The firefighters completed a comprehensive program that included more than 300 hours of base level training as required by the state. The program included hazardous materials, incident command, firefighting, strategy, tactics, and all the baseline skills a new firefighter needs to be successful in a fire department. The firefighters in the academy were from Walled Lake, South Lyon, Brighton, Green Oak, Hartland, and White Lake. Fire Chief Michael O’Brian says the program teaches the base line skills while instilling teamwork, dedication and commitment but also demonstrating the need for collaboration with other departments. In addition to the academy, the Authority’s Emergency Medical Responder Course was able to train nine new responders from Brighton, Fenton, and Argentine in the minimum level of emergency services – a program that is said to be core for many fire departments response to vehicle accidents and medical emergencies. Both courses had a 100% pass rate. (JM)

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