After six months and 125 hours of in-depth training, Ponderosa Fire Department’s newest members graduated in a ceremony held on June 13. Before graduating, each member had to meet all recruit class requirements, which included, but was not limited to, training in ladders, hoses, nozzles and live fire; an introduction to hazardous materials; CPR and first aid and organizational structure, policies and procedures.
Chief Fred Windisch commends the class for effectively meeting the many training challenges, including rigorous schedules, studying, and the passing of written and skills tests.
“This class did an outstanding job in all regards,” he said. “After some ‘seasoning time’, this group will be an integral part of our organization.”
New recruits come from many different backgrounds, professionally and personally. But all have one thing in common: the need to give back to their local community.
New member, Matt Tomlinson, a full-time staff employee at Cypress Creek EMS, agrees.
“Ponderosa VFD has an outstanding reputation for providing top notch fire protection, suppression and other services for their community,” he said. “I wanted to be a part of their family.”
Tomlinson also feels the training provided was first-class and prepared him well for his new role.
“The training has
given me the confidence to be an active firefighter. I’ve learned, among
other things, about fire behavior and how to be effective in both fighting
and preventing fires,” he said. “This training has allowed me to be part
of an elite team, providing a service that not everyone is cut out for.
I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
If you are interested
in a chance at becoming a Ponderosa VFD volunteer firefighter,
for more information on our next training class, which will begin sometime
between mid-August and September of 2005.
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