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January 6, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Twenty-four recruits will begin a 16-week Firefighter 1 Academy starting this coming Saturday, January 7, at the Heartland Fire Training academy located at 1301 N. Marshall Avenue in El Cajon. The Academy Coordinator will be retired El Cajon Fire Chief Rich Henry.


Fire training involves 488-hours of classroom sessions on topics such as firefighter safety, equipment operation, fire extinguishers, forcible entry tools and techniques, lifting and hoisting equipment, fire hose, hose nozzles and fittings, hose evolutions, ladders, breathing apparatus, fire control, fire prevention,  plus manipulative classes giving recruits the opportunity to practice skills taught in the classroom.  Recruits will be required to pass weekly training evaluations by instructors from Heartland Fire & Rescue of El Cajon and La Mesa, Lakeside and Bonita Fire Departments.

Those who successfully complete the academy will take part in graduation ceremonies to be held on Saturday April 28 at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, located at 195 East Douglas Avenue in El Cajon.
For more information on the Heartland Fire Training Academy training process, please visit www.heartlandfiretraining.org


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