Academy graduates firefighters after 6 months of training

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Twenty firefighter recruits graduated from the Central Fire Academy Thursday evening during a ceremony at Jefferson High School.

The students, who included those just starting out in their career to senior firefighters, took part in hands-on training sessions for the past six months. Professional and volunteer fire departments from nine surrounding counties donated resources, including hose lines and ladder trucks, to help with the training.

Graduate Jacob Townsend has been a part of the West Point Volunteer Fire Department for the past two years.

“I feel a lot more knowledge now within the fire service,” said Townsend. “I feel like I can go into any situation now and know what I’m going to do.”

Townsend, like many grads, is looking to get hired as a professional firefighter after completing the academy.

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