Sunday, April 28, 2013

Heartland Fire Training 23rd Academy Graduates

El Cajon, CA -

A happy group of firefighter recruits attended a well-deserved graduation ceremony on Saturday, April 27, 2013, after successfully completing a comprehensive 16-week fire training academy at Heartland Fire Training Facility in El Cajon. Each fire recruit completed over 480-hours of training and will graduate with a California State Firefighter I certification.

The 23rd Heartland Fire Academy was taught by a dedicated cadre of fire professionals from San Diego County Central Zone fire departments including Heartland Fire-Rescue, Lakeside, and Viejas. These lead instructors were assisted by fire companies from throughout the central zone over the course of the 16-week academy.

The Thomas H. Owen Sr. Heartland Fire Training Facility has served to train east county firefighters since its inception on December 1, 1973. Established as a Joint Powers Authority, it is widely considered one of the first cooperative training ventures of its kind in the nation and has helped foster the delivery of regional fire protection to the citizens of east county for nearly 40 years.

Lakeside Fire Division Chief Jim Kirkpatrick congratulates Reserve Firefighter Jason Runkle on graduation day.

Academy recruits demonstrate their skills at a graduation ceremony conducted at the Tom Owen Training Facility

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

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