Walton County Fire Rescue graduates new firefighters

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.

Walton County Fire Rescue’s newly qualified firefighter recruits, Walton County Fire Rescue’s newly qualified firefighter recruits, from left, Firefighters Dustin Little, Matt Murray, Josh Wilson, Austin White, Nick White, Luke Smith, Logan Landis, Taylor Meadows, Mike Zawlocki, Cody Martin, Alex Sims and Noah Green. Contributed photo Contributed photo

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.”

Allen said training in the fire service is always an ongoing endeavor.
“From here, most will continue to train, either to become EMTs or fire apparatus operators. I have high expectations of this group; already they have shown strong work ethic and ability to work as a team,” Allen said. “These firefighters all received their initial fire training through either the Board of Education Fire Internship Program or the WCFR volunteer recruit classes that occur each fall. They received training in basic firefighting, CPR and rescue and tested to the level of registered volunteer firefighter. They have been training for about a year.”
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