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Poughkeepsie… Over 50 Dutchess County volunteer firefighters, representing 16 departments, were recognized last night by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control at a special graduation ceremony held at the Culinary Institute of America. 53 firefighters, ranging in age from 16 to 63 years old, were acknowledged for completing the Firefighter 1 program, a basic training course for new volunteer firefighters in New York State. The part-time program consists of 35 separate sessions, totaling 104 hours of training over a three month period.
County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “I had the honor and privilege last night to shake the hands of 53 men and women, who join a fine tradition and assume the ranks of Dutchess County’s bravest. I join with their instructors, fellow firefighters, family and friends in celebrating their achievements and their selfless commitment to our community.”
The Department of Emergency Response coordinates firefighter training programs on behalf of New York State and ensures the use of appropriate training facilities and administrative functions associated with the trainings. Graduates of the Firefighter 1 training program represent three classes, two of which were held at the Department of Emergency Response and one at the East Fishkill Fire District Training Center.
Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Response Dana Smith said, “Last night we recognized volunteer firefighters from all across the county who have made the commitment to serve their community and safeguard their fellow citizens. I join with County Executive Molinaro in congratulating these brave men and women for their achievements and dedication to service.”