Three Wall firefighters were among 60 volunteers who graduated from the Monmouth County Fire Academy last week.
Justin Carlsen , of the Wall Fire Company No. 1; Robert Felmey of the South Wall Fire Company and Logan Rafferty, also of the South Wall Fire Company graduated from the Firefighter I program, completing 164 hours of course work over 25 session, according to a release from the fire department.
They received training in rescue, fire extinguishment, hazardous materials response, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, electrical safety, and care of hoses, ladders and other equipment.
"You are now part of one of American's greatest creations – organized firefighting," Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley said to graduates during ceremonies held Dec. 14 and 16, according to the release. "As graduates of this program you will embark on a rewarding path of public service on behalf of your friends, your neighbors and your community. Firefighting is more than a public service – it is a calling, a way of life."
Each year thousands of local firefighters receive training at the county Fire Academy. Applications for the next Firefighter I class are due at the Monmouth County Fire Academy administration office by Aug. 1. Classes will begin in September.