Class of ACFR recruits complete EMT training phase

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) – Albemarle County Fire Rescue trains new recruits to protect the community.

There are 14 recruits who go through the academy, and there is a rigorous application process.

“I really enjoy helping people in general, so I’m really excited to be able to do this for a living,” Alec McKee said.

“This is a 26 week program and during the program they will be certified in CPR, EMT and Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, EVOC, HAZMAT, Tactical Emergency, Critical Care and a handful of other certifications,” said said Captain Dan Spearin. “It’s a busy schedule.”

They are currently in the last week of the EMT phase.

Classwork and hands-on exercises push students.

“For lack of a better phrase, it’s like drinking through a fire hose during this EMT program,” McKee said. “It started off a little rough with everyone not knowing each other, but as we worked we started to get closer and closer and I think we’re a pretty cohesive unit at this point. , and it will keep getting better and better as it goes.

Upon graduation in June, recruits will be assigned to a 24-hour fire station and their training will continue.

“They will spend the first month collecting calls about driving the ambulance, then they will spend the second month collecting calls as an EMT, and the third month collecting calls as a firefighter. At that time they are released and they will be full firefighters and EMTS in our system,” said Cpl. Spearin said.

If you are interested in apply for the next round of recruiting school, you can call the office at 434-296-5833 and complete the paperwork.

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