Hernando firefighters part of MSFA graduation class

Firefighter Class 200 of the Mississippi State Fire Academy is making a difference and 31 members will graduate from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Firefighter I-II course held at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson to close out 2022. 

Two Hernando Fire Department firefighters are part of this graduation class. They are Lincoln Hendrix and Sarah Kalkstein. 

Graduation ceremonies will be held on campus in the Auditorium at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15. The ceremony will be open to the public.

This intense seven-week course includes online, classroom, and hands-on instruction in the areas of fire behavior, fire suppression, rescue, incident command, hazardous materials, and other fire related topics. This course meets and exceeds the National Fire Protection Association for Firefighter Qualifications and the uniform minimum training standards stated in the Mississippi Code section 45-11-7.

The Mississippi State Fire Academy is a division of the Mississippi Insurance Department. State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney and Academy Executive Director Terry Wages believe these firefighters will be an asset to the fire departments they represent.

“We are excited for them to go and serve their community,” Wages said. 

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