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First fire academy in 6 years slated to begin

Posted: Jun 18, 2018 12:56 PM Updated:

The Guam Fire Department has hired 45 fire recruits for GFD’s first fire academy since 2012.

“They’ll be going through a six-month training period where they’ll get their national certification for EMT and entry-level national certification for firefighting – to include ground firefighting, HAZMAT and report writing,” Assistant Fire Chief of Training Bureau and EMS Operations Daren Burrier said.

Firefighter recruits earn $24,689 a year, but get promoted to Firefighter 1 after completion of the six-month fire academy. With new required national certifications and local Peace Officer Standards and Training standards, Burrier says GFD is expecting their recruit success rate to drop a little.

“Usually with fire academy, our success rate is 100-percent completion rate,” Burrier said. “This is the first academy with new national certifications to include the POST exam as well, with these new certifications and POST standards required to be completed for graduation from the fire academy – there is a possibility we could lose a few of them.”

The cost of 45 fire recruits is $365,000 for the remainder of the Fiscal Year; Burrier said the funds were earmarked in GFD’s existing FY 18 budget. The cost of the fire academy – which is held in conjunction with the Guam Community College - is being covered with funds from GFD’s FLAME fund. FLAME funds are generated from permit fees, fire citations and ambulance fees.

The last time GFD had a fire academy was in 2012.

“We haven’t had any new recruits since then,” Burrier said.

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