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Local firefighter training graduates celebrated

Albany, N.Y. - The Recruit Firefighter Training (RFFT) Program graduated 19 recruits Thursday.

The students come from 13 fire departments - including Brighton, Gates, Hopewell, North Greece and Ridge-Culver Fire Departments.

As we recognize Fire Prevention Week, I am pleased to announce that these nineteen individuals have graduated from the States rigorous firefighter training program," Governor Andrew Cuomo said, "Preparing them for the critically important service they will provide."

The RFFT class is 11 weeks long and includes more than 450 hours of intense training that exceeds the provisions of the New York State standard for career probationary and non-permanent firefighters. Graduates of the program also receive national certification in Firefighter I, Firefighter II and Hazardous Materials Operations.

On October 8th, Governor Cuomo commemorated the 16th Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony by issuing two proclamations honoring the States career and volunteer firefighters. The Governors proclamations marked October 8 as the annual Firefighter Appreciation Day, and October 6-12 as New Yorks annual Fire Prevention Week.

The 66th Recruit Firefighter Training Program class is comprised of the following firefighters:

ARLINGTON F.D. (Dutchess Co.)
Joseph M. Cruz
Christopher D. Rinck

BRIGHTON F.D. (Monroe Co.)
Casey J. Lynk

CORTLAND F.D. (Cortland Co.)
Travis J. Marshall

GATES F.D. (Monroe Co.)
Jared Kase

HERKIMER F.D. (Herkimer Co.)
Kenneth M. Scanlon

HOPEWELL F.D. (Ontario Co.)
Scott D. Brotherton

JOHNSON CITY F.D. (Broome Co.)
Jared R. Mink
Kevin Shoemaker

LAKE MOHEGAN F.D. (Westchester Co.)
Stephen J. Myllek

NIAGARA FALLS F.D. (Niagara Co.)
Stephen V. Barone
David P. Soper
Robert T. Swartz

NORTH GREECE F.D. (Monroe Co.)
Scott W. McCafferty
Anthony M. Militello

Nicholas M. Johnson
James M. Urban, Jr.

ONEIDA F.D. (Madison Co.)
Donald J. Premo

RIDGE-CULVER F.D. (Monroe Co.)
Lucas W. Burkovich

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