Loudoun County (February 10, 2015) — On Thursday February 5th, 2015 the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System recognized seventy two graduates who recently completed Fire Fighter I-II or EMT certification. Family, friends, and community members filled the Tuscarora High School auditorium as Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management’s Deputy Chief of Training/EMS Jose Salazar mastered the graduation ceremony.
The graduates were volunteers from ten of Loudoun’s nineteen fire-rescue stations; thirty one students graduated as Firefighter’s I-II and forty one as Emergency Medical Technicians. Each of the course coordinators presented their respective classes and described the training required to achieve the certification. All seventy two graduates participated in an intensive six to ten months of training, depending on the certification program. At the conclusion of training, students passed Loudoun County and state examinations to become certified in their respective area.
County Administrator Tim Hemstreet, Chief of the System, W. Keith Brower, Jr., Assistant Chief Matthew Tobia, and Assistant Chief Keith Johnson recognized the graduates for their dedication and service to the community. Chief Johnson ended his comments to the graduates, “As you leave the care of your instructors, you enter a fire-EMS service career filled with the highest traditions to include honor, courage and personal sacrifice. I have no reservation that each of you will uphold these highly honored traditions of America’s fire-EMS service as well as those of Loudoun County.”
During the graduation the course coordinators presented the top student of the class. Top students are chosen for their high level of dedication to the profession, academic performance, punctuality and their ability to lead and motivate others. The fall 2014 top students are: Firefighter I-II, Allison Orlowski, Leesburg Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Technician, Ashwani Kumar, Ashburn Volunteer Fire-Rescue.
For more information about Loudoun County Fire-Rescue please contact visit www.answerthecall.info or www.loudoun.gov/fire.