This morning, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) held a graduation ceremony for Truck 2 graduates at its Training Academy. This class included eight new firefighters who successfully completed PF&R’s Training Academy, worked under the close supervision of officers and firefighters at Station 2, and are now full-fledged firefighters.
Training, Safety & EMS Division Chief Glen Eisner and Fire Chief John Klum
Station 2 Captain Joe Budge and Training, Safety & EMS Division Chief Glen Eisner present a new firefighter with a badge
In addition to receiving their badges, the graduating class received their own turnouts and traded in their black helmets (worn by trainees) for yellow helmets (worn by firefighters). Fire Chief John Klum, Training, Safety & EMS Division Chief Glen Eisner, and Training Captain Joe Budge delivered the commencement address, acknowledging the fact that passing PF&R’s Training Academy is difficult for both firefighters and their families. As such, both thanked the graduates for their dedication and commitment, and their family members who supported them throughout the past year.
Fire Marshal Erin Janssens and Fire Chief John Klum wished all new firefighters well in their career as a firefighter
The ceremony was followed by cake and photos.
A big congratulations to Firefighters Jakob, Elliot, Robbie, Evan, Derrik, Sean, Gretchen, and James!
WELCOME TO THE PF&R FAMILY!
Portland Fire & Rescue