Fire & Rescue News

Posted on: May 18, 2016




ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 18, 2016) –This morning, Anaheim Fire & Rescue recognized 15 fire service professionals and welcomed 12 new Firefighter/Paramedics at its 2016 Promotion & Graduation Ceremony held at the City National Grove of Anaheim. More than 400 people were in attendance, including elected officials, community leaders and family members. Guests watched as each honoree had a family member pin their official badge on their uniform; a timelong tradition in the public safety industry. Eileen Frere, Orange County Bureau Chief for KABC7 served as the ceremony’s emcee for the third consecutive year.

“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 included:

Battalion Chief Kevin Stewart
Battalion Chief Thomas Roche
Captain Robert Aguilar
Captain Todd Needle
Captain Richard Martinez Assistant Fire
Captain George Rangel
Captain Bradley Oye
Engineer Tyler Neuhausen

Engineer Scott Mattis
Engineer James McDuffie
Engineer Michel Bowidowicz
Deputy Fire Marshal Allen Hogue
Assistant Fire Marshal Gary Blevins
Metro Net Fire Dispatch Supervisor Tracy Nolan
Metro Net Fire Dispatch Supervisor Steven Perez

Today’s ceremony recognized the full spectrum of careers available in the fire service industry. For fire suppression, honorees included the ranks of Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer, Captain and Battalion Chief. Also honored were key roles in fire prevention and community risk reduction including Deputy Fire Marshal, Assistant Fire Marshal as well as Communications Supervisors from Metro Net Fire Dispatch.

“We welcomed 12 new members to our fire family this 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. “But this is only the first step in their careers.” During Chief Bruegman’s comments, he challenged each graduate to carve his path at Anaheim Fire & Rescue with conviction, for only then can their legacy be created.

The journey to become an Anaheim Fire & Rescue Firefighter/Paramedic started with recruitment late October 2014. More than 370 applications were received and over the course of 17 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 these individuals,” 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 our residents.”

The newest members of Anaheim Fire & Rescue include:

Firefighter/Paramedic Ian Maxwell
Firefighter/Paramedic Andy McAnally
Firefighter/Paramedic Alex Miranda
Firefighter/Paramedic Joe Molina
Firefighter/Paramedic Vign Nguyen
Firefighter/Paramedic David Panepinto

Firefighter/Paramedic Alex Pinel
Firefighter/Paramedic Anthony Silva
Firefighter/Paramedic Dustin Sola
Firefighter/Paramedic William Titov
Firefighter/Paramedic Nathan Turley
Firefighter/Paramedic Michael White

These new Firefighter/Paramedics received their assignments at today’s ceremony and willstart their first official shifts at the end of this week.

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