Firefighter I/II, Hazardous Materials, and Emergency Medical Technician are a few of the courses that must be completed by academy recruits. However, prior to entering the academy, some recruits have already met the necessary course requirements. Those who have met the prerequisites only need refresher courses in some subjects. This is the case with a portion of the 33 students in Career Recruit School (CRS) #43.
On Wednesday, June 22, 2011, upon completing 13 weeks of training, the following 22 recruits were sworn in for duty. The remaining 11 recruits will join their fellow classmates in the field in 9 weeks, upon completing the full EMT-Basic course.
The recruits from CRS #43 have been philanthropically-oriented during their time at the Fire/EMS Training Academy. They donated blood for injured firefighters; researched and wrote papers on cancer among firefighters; and coordinated and participated in a run across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The recruits used the 4.39 mile run from Maryland to Virginia and back as a means of raising funds, which they donated to the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation.
The efforts of the recruits from CRS #43 certainly have been extraordinary and may even distinguish many of them as future leaders in the Fire/EMS Department.