32 Begin Recruit Firefighter Training at State Academy of Fire Science

ALBANY, NY (02/28/2012)(readMedia)-- This Monday, 32 probationary career firefighters began Recruit Firefighter Training (RFFT) at the State Office of Fire Prevention and Control's Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls. The students come from 19 fire departments and comprise the Academy's 63rd RFFT class.

"The RFFT is a rigorous and demanding program. Those who successfully complete training will be prepared to serve their communities professionally," said State Fire Administrator Bryant D. Stevens. "These firefighters will be thoroughly tested and challenged by this comprehensive training program as they begin their fire service career."

The RFFT class is 11 weeks long and includes more than 450 hours of intense training that meets and exceeds the provisions of the New York State standard for career probationary and non-permanent firefighters. Program Graduates also receive national certification in Firefighter I, Firefighter II and Hazardous Materials Operations.

The 63rd Recruit Firefighter Training Program class is comprised of firefighters from the following fire departments: Auburn (Cayuga County), Barnard (Monroe County), Brighton (Monroe County), Buffalo Airport (Erie County), Canandaigua (Ontario County), Corning (Steuben County), Elmira (Chemung), Fairview/Poughkeepsie (Dutchess County), Geneva (Ontario County), Ithaca (Tompkins County), Ithaca Tompkins Airport (Tompkins County), Jamestown (Chautauqua County), Lackawanna (Erie County), Lake Mohegan (Westchester County), Ogdensburg (St. Lawrence County), Plattsburgh (Clinton County), Salamanca (Cattaraugus County), U.S. Coast Guard (Cape May, NJ) and Watertown (Jefferson County).