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Twenty Dutchess County volunteer firefighters, representing 15 local fire departments, were recognized last night by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control at a graduation ceremony held at Dutchess Community College in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The new firefighters completed the spring 2018 Firefighter I program, a basic training course for new volunteer firefighters in New York State. The part-time program consists of 43 separate sessions, totaling 129 hours of training over a three-month period, held at the Dutchess County Emergency Response campus.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “Congratulations to the men and women who have completed the Firefighter I program. Thank you for your commitment to serving our community in this critical and lifesaving role. We are proud to join with friends, family and loved ones, as well as the Department of Emergency Response and local fire departments, in celebrating these individuals’ future as firefighters and their dedication to helping keep Dutchess County residents safe.”
The Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response coordinates firefighter training programs on behalf of New York State and provides appropriate training facilities and administrative functions associated with the trainings.
“Those who have answered the call to serve their community as firefighters know what is at stake in an emergency. We are blessed to have these strong individuals willing to put their lives on the line to save others. Congratulations once again to all of the Firefighter I program graduates; thank you for your commitment and sacrifice,” said Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Response Dana Smith.