Christmas for these local firefighters came a little early with a 100 percent graduation rate for Walton County Fire Rescue’s newest recruits.
“These volunteer firefighters took their NPQ Firefighter 1 test and passed their skills portion – 100 percent pass rate,” said WCFR training officer Capt. Jeff Allen a couple of weeks ago, adding that once the results of the written test came in, a pass would make them qualified firefighters. Those results are now in and the pass rate there too was 100 percent.
Allen said he had high confidence in the success of this class of recruits, even before they took the test.
“This class took that basic training to the next level, and trained an additional four months to the level of National Professional Firefighter (NPQ I). They are now trained to the entry level of a career firefighter and are able to apply for paid positions,” Allen said. “We train our volunteers specifically with the intent of employing them, so while this doesn’t guarantee them a job, if they continue to work hard as volunteers, gaining more experience and training, they certainly will make a solid argument for being selected for future positions.”