7/26/2013 6:02:00 AM
Nine complete Golden Valley fire training
Golden Valley Fire Academy student Morgan Rosencrans sprays water on a burning van as students Johnny Iozzo (on the rear of the hose) and Jacob Miller (directly behind Rosencrans) assist. Golden Valley Fire District Capt. Boyd Lewis, left, ensures the students execute the tactic correctly. Rosencrans, Iozzo and Miller were among the nine students completing the 2013 fire academy. (BUTCH MERIWETHER/Courtesy)
Golden Valley Fire Academy student Morgan Rosencrans sprays water on a burning van as students Johnny Iozzo (on the rear of the hose) and Jacob Miller (directly behind Rosencrans) assist. Golden Valley Fire District Capt. Boyd Lewis, left, ensures the students execute the tactic correctly. Rosencrans, Iozzo and Miller were among the nine students completing the 2013 fire academy. (BUTCH MERIWETHER/Courtesy)

Butch Meriwether
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GOLDEN VALLEY - The 2013 Golden Valley Fire Academy came to a close earlier this month when nine newly graduated firefighters stepped onto to the stage to be pinned and receive their certificates of completion.

More than 75 friends, family and interested people attended ceremony held at the Golden Valley Fire District Public Safety Training Center on Colorado Road in Golden Valley.

A 20-minute slide show of various photographs taken during their training was put together by the students and shown at the ceremony.

Each graduate, including some who currently serve as volunteer firefighters with local fire departments, had their fire academy badges pinned on by a family member or close friend.

"It was a nice class and all of the students got along," said Assistant Fire Chief Ted Martin. "They formed a cohesive bond, not only in the company they were in, but together as a combined class.

"It was an honor they picked the Golden Valley Fire Academy and the opportunity to pass our knowledge, as instructors, onto them."

The training lasted three and a half months and included instruction in the history of the fire service, tools and techniques used for forced entry into structures, protecting evidence, fire cause and origin, CPR and first aid, fire education and publications, rescue and extraction skills, and knot tying.

"Some parts of the training were tough, but others were pretty easy," said 27-year-old construction worker and graduate Morgan Rosencrans. "All I can say is that I learned a lot from the training taught by experts such as GVFD Assistant Fire Chief Ted Martin, Capt. Boyd Lewis, firefighter-paramedic Kevin Gifford, in addition to other GVFD firefighters and personnel from other fire departments in Mohave County."

Rosencrans said some of the other graduates will be furthering their fire service education by signing up for the emergency medical technician classes at the Kingman, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City campuses of Mohave Community College.

"After I graduate from the EMT classes," Rosencrans said, "I'll be applying for a job as a firefighter with one of the local fire departments."

The graduates are Christopher Shaffer, Wayne Kudrna, Johnny Iozzo, Hunter Davis, Jacob Miller, Sean Osterman, Morgan Rosencrans, Justin Miller and Rudolph Wallstrom.
 
 


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