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Monday, February 11, 2013

First Day of School for 18 Fire/EMS Recruits

Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesman, 240-508-7930

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department commenced a Career Recruit School today for 18 of our future Firefighter/Medics.  Eighteen "experienced" Fire/EMS recruits and 3 members of the United States Coast Guard make up Career Recruit School #47.  The recruits hired for this class already have minimum training of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with some having Paramedic status.  The class is comprised of recruits with previous career and volunteer experience and members of commercial ambulances services.  Because the recruits already have EMT training the academy training will be completed within 3 months compared to a full academy class of 6 months.

Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor and the Fire/EMS Department Command Staff were on hand at the Fire/EMS training Academy in Cheltenham to meet and address the recruits.  "Through the course of all actions, you are expected to bring honor to this job and honor to your life.  You will uphold the highest traditions of the Fire and EMS service.  You will learn to honor the wisdom of our industry innovators, whose new ideas and technologies forge our weapons and stoke the fires of evolution in the way we do business," stated Chief Bashoor.  

In conclusion, Bashoor said, "Remember, all you are destined to receive during your time here at the Academy is a fundamental beginning in your quest for knowledge. Where that knowledge will eventually take you over the next twenty-plus years is unknown, however, I guarantee you that you will only be limited by your imagination and your willingness to achieve.  A journey of a thousand steps begins right now.  I encourage you, I urge you to make the most -- and the best -- of that journey.  If you learn nothing else today – remember, TRUST, HONOR, ETHICS." 

The ability to hire the 18 recruit firefighter/medics was the result of a federally funded Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.   The Fire/EMS Department was awarded $2,589,516 to hire 18 new fire fighters under the SAFER Grant, which was created by Congress to help address the significant staffing, equipment, training and health and safety needs of fire departments.

Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Career Recruit School #47

Bosley, Steven C.
Cardoso, Matthew
Carey, Michael R.
Clark, Michael L.
Erlichman, Joshua L.
Harbaugh, Keith B.
Hess, Jr., Charles D.
Ivey, Jr., Joseph P.
Johnsen, Lincoln MK.
Kelsey, Matthew P.
Kopowski, Michael V.
Luther, Ryan J.
McCullough, Jesse W.
Scott, Brandon A.
Seal, Daniel E.
Soumah, Yassine M.
Willey, Andrew M.
Williams, Tevin J.

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