Dutchess County's newest responders were recognized Wednesday by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control at Dutchess Community College.
The graduated ceremony honored 46 Dutchess County volunteer firefighters, representing 19 local fire departments.
The new firefighters completed the spring 2017 Firefighter I program, a basic training course for new volunteer firefighters in New York State. The part-time program consists of 43 separate sessions, totaling 129 hours of training over a three-month period, held at the Dutchess County Emergency Response campus.
"All of the graduates are to be commended for their selfless decision to serve their community in this lifesaving capacity," County Executive Marc Molinaro said. "We join with the Department of Emergency Response, family, loved ones, training instructors, and participating fire departments in thanking all of our firefighters for their commitment to their fellow neighbors in their community and throughout Dutchess County.”
The Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response coordinates firefighter training programs on behalf of New York State and provides training facilities and administrative functions associated with the training.
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