EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — A total of 34 graduates of the Atlantic County Fire Academy’s Firefighter I course received their certificates Monday night.
The 178-hour training program, run by the Atlantic County Firefighters Association, prepares new recruits for entry positions with volunteer and career fire departments.
Before handing out the certificates, Atlantic County Fire Training Center Director Michael Corbo, of Somers Point, showed a slideshow, featuring photographs from various training exercises the students did, including hazardous material training, rescues and fire simulations in the burn building at the Anthony “Tony” Canale Training Center.
“We cover all parts of fire training,” Corbo said. “In the world of firefighting, we can handle it.”
Special recognition was given throughout the night to the families of the graduates.
“Without the loved ones, our firefighters couldn’t do this,” said Charles Kisby, 2nd vice president of the Firefighters Association and Linwood fire chief.
Firefighters from throughout Atlantic County attended.