Seventeen new firefighters/paramedics are serving the cities of Elk Grove and Galt after graduating from the Cosumnes Fire Department Academy 2019-01 on Friday, Feb. 21.
This moment was six months in the making for the recruits who had endured an intensive 24-week training program at the Cosumnes Fire Training Facility located at 10573 E. Stockton Blvd near Grantline Road.
The recruits’ journey began in September 2019 with more than 300 candidates vying for a position in the reputable academy. Every recruit came to the academy with extensive background knowledge in the emergency medical field. Each of the recruits had a paramedic license – a license that requires a minimum of 1,090 hours including clinical training and a field internship program. Many had worked for private ambulance companies and some had previous firefighting experience.
Every day at the academy, the recruits were put through a rigorous testing and evaluation process. They participated in physical training each day, mastered skills they will need out in the field, and completed over 50 tests including a 200-question midterm and final exam. They have been trained to the highest standards and are ready to serve our community in time of need.
The 17 recruits in uniform were sworn in as probationary firefighters by Cosumnes Community Services District General Manager Joshua Green, and are now ready to start their new careers.
“The men and women of the Cosumnes Fire Department strive to exceed expectations at all times; Academy 2019-01 is no exception,” said Cosumnes Fire Chief Michael McLaughlin. “These recruits were the first in the world to use virtual reality technology to learn about fire behavior in the classroom. They have brought a wide array of knowledge and experience and we are proud to welcome them to the Cosumnes Fire family.”
The graduates reported for duty on Feb. 24 at fire stations throughout the District.