After three months of training, 24 written tests and over 70 skills evaluations, the Orange Beach Fire Department Firefighter I/II Recruit School Class of 2018 graduated on November 14th.
The 13 individuals, ranging in age from 18 to 50, took to the stage at the Orange Beach Event Center as recruits and stepped down as sworn firefighters, with six representing Orange Beach Fire Rescue, five with Prichard Fire Department, one with Atmore Fire Department and one with Gulf Shores Fire Rescue.
The class fulfilled all of the requirements set forth by the Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission.
The ceremony included the badge pinning by the graduates’ family members and loved ones; a certificate ceremony led by Assistant Chief of Training Kevin Lanford; and the oath of office given by Orange Beach Fire Chief Justin Pearce. City Administrator Ken Grimes welcomed the Class of 2018 and retired Tuscaloosa Fire Chief A.J. Martin gave the graduation address. Also in attendance was Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby, who serves as vice chairman of the Alabama Fire College.
The graduates include the following:
Find a full article on the Fire Recruit Class of 2018 on the City Website at www.orangebeachal.gov/news/13-more-fire-recruits-graduate-training-orange-beach-fire-rescue.
- Cole Akerman (Orange Beach Fire Department)
- Beau Cecchi (Orange Beach Fire Department)
- Cole Fincher (Prichard Fire Department)
- Hunter Gunn (Orange Beach Fire Department)
- David Guy (Atmore Fire Department)
- William Holder (Prichard Fire Department)
- Peter Kreamer (Orange Beach Fire Department)
- Brett Lesinger (Orange Beach Fire Department)
- Brett Long (Prichard Fire Department)
- Kevin McCormick (Prichard Fire Department)
- Daniel Nicholson (Prichard Fire Department)
- Owen Shivers (Orange Beach Fire Department)
- Scott Smothers (Gulf Shores Fire Rescue)
From all of us at the City of Orange Beach,
have a Happy Thanksgiving!