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Posted on: May 17, 2018

“Community, Character, And Service” to Be Highlighted At Anaheim Fire & Rescue’s Ceremony

Fire Press Release

ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 17, 2018) – Tomorrow morning, Friday, May 18th, 2018, Anaheim Fire & Rescue will recognize 23 fire service professionals and will welcome 13 new Firefighter/Paramedics at its 2018 Promotion & Graduation Ceremony at the City National Grove of Anaheim.

“We have a tremendous responsibility to provide the best fire and emergency medical services to the residents and guests of Anaheim,” said Anaheim Fire Chief Randy R. Bruegman. “Our fire service personnel have the experience –we recruit for the best candidates and then make them even stronger through training and education for they are our department’s future leaders.”
Candidates for promotion include:

Fire Marshall Allen Hogue

Engineer Erik Garcia

Captain Jerod Blomberg

Engineer Mark Hernandez

Captain Michel Bowidowicz

Engineer Brent Hirst

Captain Roger Domen

Engineer Pomerne Jones

Captain Frank Medina

Engineer Luis Ledesma

Captain Jim Portillo

Engineer Anthony Manzo

Captain David Reeves

Engineer Nicholas Pope

Captain Christopher Valente

Engineer Lacee Valente

Engineer Patrick Burton

MetroNet Dispatcher McKenna Dekleine

Engineer David DuFrene

MetroNet Dispatcher Amanda Del Prato

Engineer Mark Edinger

MetroNet Dispatcher Alexis Foster

Engineer Paul Erskine



The ceremony will recognize the full spectrum of careers available in the fire service industry. For fire suppression, honorees included the ranks of Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer, and Captain. Key roles in fire prevention and community risk reduction including Fire Marshal, as well as Dispatchers from Metro Net Fire Dispatch will also be honored.

“We look forward to welcoming 13 new members to our fire family tomorrow morning; each of them selected after a very arduous recruitment and selection process, and successfully completing an intensive 8-week classroom and field training course,” said Fire Chief Bruegman.
The journey to become an Anaheim Fire & Rescue Firefighter/Paramedic started with recruitment late October 2017. More than 900 applications were received and over the course of several months, these candidates were selected to train under the leadership of Fire Academy Commander and Battalion Chief, Chad Thompson.

“I am proud of each and every one of our graduates,” said Battalion Chief Thompson. “Collectively more than 330 hours in 21 different disciplines of difficult and strenuous training has been put forth by each member of the graduating class to ensure that they meet our expectations as well as the expectations of our residents, business owners, and visitors.”
The newest members of Anaheim Fire & Rescue include:

Firefighter Travis Acrey

Firefighter Brendan Kalfus

Firefighter Jeremy Bender

Firefighter/Paramedic Lukas Matthews

Firefighter Brett England

Firefighter Scott Roberts

Firefighter Mitchell Gillaspie

Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Steslicki

Firefighter Joe Gooding

Firefighter/Paramedic Michael White

Firefighter Michael Hitchcock

Firefighter Justin Ybarra

Firefighter Somersby Jenkins



These new Firefighter/Paramedics will receive their assignments at tomorrow’s ceremony and will start their first official shifts at the end of this week.

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