Guam - The Guam Fire Department has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Guam Community College to begin a fire academy. More than 20 fire recruits have been waiting nearly a year for the new cycle to begin.

GFD spokesperson Lieutenant Ed Artero says the MOU was signed and the materials have been ordered.  The fire department is hoping they can begin the academy before the end of the month or at the beginning of September.  Artero says GFD is still waiting on the Department of Administration to provide additional eligible candidates for interviews for the academy. 

A total of 30 recruits were to be hired and two are currently deployed in Afghanistan and will have to undergo special training upon their return.