On August 31st, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) held a graduation ceremony for Truck 2 graduates at its Training Academy. This class included nine 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.
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 Training Captain Mark Kaiel, Training & Safety Division Chief Glen Eisner, and Fire Chief John Klum 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.
The new firefighters stand proud as their family members take photos
The ceremony was followed by cookes, coffee, and photos with the new firefighters.
A big congratulations to Firefighters Clinton, Ryan, Timothy, Adam, Sally, Benjamin, Bradley, Todd and David!
WELCOME TO THE PF&R FAMILY!
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
August 31, 2011