ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 18, 2017) – Friday morning, May 19, 2017, Anaheim Fire & Rescue will recognize 18 fire service professionals and welcome 21 new Firefighter/Paramedics at its 2017 Promotion & Graduation Ceremony held at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Elected officials, community leaders, public safety professionals and family members will be in attendance as each honoree will have a family member pin their official badge on their uniform; a timeless tradition in the public safety industry. Michael Villani, long-time actor and a 37 year member of the Anaheim PD Reserve Corps will serve as the ceremony’s emcee.
“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:
Deputy Chief Tim O’HaraBattalion Chief Michael MolloyAssistant Fire Marshal Lindsey YoungHazardous Materials Specialist II Eric PoomiBattalion Chief Chris RichichiCommunity Risk Reduct. Ofcr I Michael GalleanoCaptain Ryan LazarCommunity Risk Reduct. Ofcr I Andy Torres (P/T)Captain Corey GremelCaptain Jason HartleyCommunity Risk Reduct. Ofcr I Justin Day (P/T) Fire Dispatch Supervisor Sam AhumadaCaptain Rob LesterMetro Net Fire Dispatcher II Joshua CasillasEngineer Jeno GiliaMetro Net Fire Dispatcher II Christina SegletesEngineer Michael SteenbergenMetro Net Fire Dispatcher II Stephanie Adams
Friday’s 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, Captain, Battalion Chief and Deputy Chief. Also honored were key roles in fire prevention and community risk reduction including Assistant Fire Marshal, Hazardous Materials Specialist, Community Risk Reduction Officers, as well as Fire Dispatchers and Communications Supervisors from Metro Net Fire Dispatch.
“We will welcome 21 new members to our fire family this coming Friday; 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.”
The journey to become an Anaheim Fire & Rescue Firefighter/Paramedic started with recruitment late October 2015. More than 900 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 I Woo KimFirefighter/Paramedic Jeffrey Patrick Low, JrFirefighter/Paramedic Adam DeMolayFirefighter/Paramedic Jeremy KunkleFirefighter I Alex MartinezFirefighter I Julian GonzalezFirefighter/Paramedic Alfonso JimenezFirefighter/Paramedic Marshall BergFirefighter/Paramedic Andrew ThomasFirefighter I Matthew NashFirefighter/Paramedic Anna AraujoFirefighter/Paramedic Brian WrightFirefighter/Paramedic Cody StricklandFirefighter/Paramedic Cory DiederichFirefighter/Paramedic Jason BarlowFirefighter/Paramedic Jason PhillipsFirefighter I Patrick CollinsFirefighter/Paramedic Ryan AllredFirefighter/Paramedic Shane WaltonFirefighter/Paramedic Stuart TysonFirefighter I William “Joe” Fisher
These new Firefighter/Paramedics will receive their assignments at Friday’s ceremony and will start their first official shifts at the end of this week.
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