The Hartford Fire Department welcomed a class of 36 new recruits.
For the first time in years, the Hartford Fire Department welcomed a new class of firefighters during a graduation ceremony on Friday morning.
For Brent Bowman, firefighting runs in the family.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. My uncle used to be on the job here in the city, I always grew up around the firehouse,” Bowman, who officially became a Hartford firefighter on Friday, said. “My dad was a volunteer”
More than 700 people applied for these 36 spots.
“It’s very competitive,” Bowman said.
After 16 weeks of rigorous training, 33 men and three women, are joining the ranks of one of the most diverse departments in the country.
“Our fire department reflects the community, so Hartford is roughly a third Hispanic, a third black and a third white,” Hartford Fire Chief Reginald Freeman said. “The fire department is a third Hispanic, a third black and a third white
Friday’s class is the city’s first recruitment class in about four years. At one point, Freeman said the department was down 110 members. A strain on manpower, that can impact their ability to respond.
“With this recruiting class, there is no challenge they will be faced with that they can’t handle,” Freeman said. “Dedication to service, perseverance, and commitment to duty, all of our department values. It’s their job to uphold their oath of office as firefighters.”
“I can’t wait for it. I’ve been looking forward to this since I was two-years-old, so I couldn’t be more excited for it.
As this class gets ready for the first official day on the job, a new class of recruits is getting ready for the next academy, which starts in November.
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