COUNTY TO GRADUATE FIRST-EVER VOLUNTEER FIRE ACADEMY

COUNTY TO GRADUATE FIRST-EVER VOLUNTEER FIRE ACADEMY

Doña Ana County Fire Marshal Robert Monsivaiz has announced that the first-ever Doña Ana County Volunteer Fire Academy will graduate during Friday evening ceremonies in the Commission Chambers of the Doña Ana County Government Center.

“I’m proud of our graduates and of the fact that we have created an academy for volunteers who want to serve the residents of Doña Ana County in our 16 volunteer fire districts,” Monsivaiz said. “This is another step forward in the proud and storied history of Doña Ana County’s strong volunteer firefighting tradition.”

The graduating cadets have satisfactorily completed six weekends of nationally certified training for entry-level firefighters. The training, designed by the National Fire Protection Association, consists of physical training, classroom instruction, field training, equipment exercises and a controlled, structure-fire exercise. All training is done in-house by county fire instructors, under Capt. Kellen Tarkington’s supervision.

The graduating cadets are Jose Alarcon, Alejandro Estrada, Edmund Gore, Floyd Gore, Cevan Griffin, Andrew Herrera, Andrew Jacquez, Enrique Longoria, Amanda Morales, Humberto Pando-Ruacho II, Renee Perez, Audrey Romero, Robert Taggart, Karren Tibbs, Christopher Valenzuela and Kristin Wahlen.

Tarkington will present the opening remarks, followed by the presentation of the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation by Deputy Fire Marshal Eric Crespin. Monsivaiz will speak, then Tarkington will present the graduates with their certificates and Doña Ana County Probate Judge Alice Salcido will administer the oaths of service.

A video also will be shown

The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, March 25. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews: may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.