Academy graduates firefighters after 6 months of training

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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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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