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Local firefighters part of Conn. Fire Academy Recruit Class graduating today

The Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Class 67 is graduating today.  The class of 38 firefighters, representing 19 departments, will participate in an outdoor ceremony this afternoon at the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks.  There are firefighters from Danbury, Ridgefield and Patterson, New York participating. 

Due to the pandemic, this class began with 5 weeks of remote learning covering many topics before coming to the Academy for daily skills training. 

The graduation ceremony was originally scheduled for yesterday, but was pushed back so the recruits could attend the line-of-duty-death funeral for Ricardo Torres, Jr of the New Haven Fire Department. 

The over 700 hours of training consists of theory backed with extensive skill development. Graduating recruits will be nationally certified to the level of Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2, Hazardous Materials Awareness, Operations, and WMD. Additional course components include training in Confined Space Rescue, CPR Defibrillator and Technical Rescue and numerous other certificates for specialized training.

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Todd Schnitt

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