September 10, 2010 -- Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Fire Chief John Klum, Training & Safety Division Chief Scott Fisher, and Station 2 Captain Mark Kaiel are pleased to announce the graduation of Firefighter Class 09-02. On Thursday, September 09, 2010, eight firefighter recruits were officially sworn in and presented with PF&R badges in front of family members, friends, and PF&R firefighters and command staff.
Fire Chief Klum acknowledged the class’ accomplishments and personally thanked the recruits and their family members for their commitment, while urging them to continue in their fire-service education and be safe.
Class 09-02 is made up of diverse backgrounds in work and education. There is a former researcher for Oregon Health and Science University, a semiconductor chip maker, a college football player, a stay at home dad, a paramedic, and more. Educational backgrounds range from recruits with some college education to persons with Masters Degrees.
According to Mark Kaiel, the Captain at PF&R’s Fire Station 2, the members of this class did vwell in all phases of their training. “This rigorous professional training provides our newest firefighters with the skills needed to perform their jobs effectively and safely,” Kaiel noted.
The road, however, has been long to get to this point. Members of Class 09-02 successfully completed an eight-week Training Program and a 16-week Recruit Academy. Class 09-02 then transferred to Station 2, a working fire station in the City of Portland. Under the supervision of firefighter specialists and training officers such as Captain Kaiel, the firefighter recruits spent three months training on Station 2’s engine company, then three months on Station 2’s truck company. During that time, they learned bureau Emergency Medical Service protocols, practiced challenging scenario based evolutions, and responded on emergency calls.
The eight successful Firefighter Recruits from Class 09-02 will now be transferred to stations around the City of Portland where they will spend another eight weeks of independent learning and continuing evaluation.
Portland Fire & Rescue welcomes our newest members and looks forward to helping them build a prosperous future for themselves and their families.
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