In February, the Garland Fire Department began its fire academy for new recruits, marking the return to teaching rookies in-house with its own instructors.
During the fire academy, recruits will undergo more than 17 weeks of intense fire training and physical conditioning. Classroom work will cover topics such as fire science, rules and regulations, and incident management. On the training field, the recruits will receive hands-on experience pumping water, handling hose lines and working while wearing their turn-out gear and self-contained breathing apparatus.
The recruits will complete the fire academy June 9, and afterward three of the students will attend emergency medical technician (EMT) school while the others will start on shift.
Students will graduate with 616 hours of training and a bond that will last throughout their careers.
A total of 17 students are enrolled in the program: 10 from Garland, five from Mesquite, one from Irving and one from McKinney. Garland also rehired Bret Farris, who is back on shift at Station 2 C-shift.