New recruits answer the call

Firefighter Class 198 of the Mississippi State Fire Academy is making a difference and seventeen (17) members have graduated from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Firefighter I-II course held at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson.

Three of the new graduates come from DeSoto County fire departments.  They are Brandon Montgomery of Hernando, Joseph Reeves of Olive Branch, and Sidney Snyder, also of Olive Branch.  

Graduation will be held outside on campus at 10 a.m. on Thursday Sept. 22 at #1 Fire Academy USA in Jackson. 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,” said Director Wages.

Mississippi Fire Academy Class 198 (Courtesy photo)

Bob Bakken

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