CVCC Honors First Fire Academy Graduates

Catawba Valley Community College recently honored the first graduates of its Fire Academy at a graduation ceremony held in their honor.

10/30/2019

Fire Academy Graduates 2019

Catawba Valley Community College recently honored the first graduates of its Fire Academy at a graduation ceremony held in their honor.

Graduates and their sponsoring fire departments were recognized during the ceremony include Tyler Billington, Mtn. View Fire Department; Adam Cline, Propst Crossroads Fire Department; Seth Clontz, Mtn. View Fire Department; Dallas Hughes. Mtn. View Fire Department; Joseph Johnson, Goshen Fire Department (Wilkesboro); Brandon Serrano, Conover Fire Department; LaToya Williams, Mtn. View Fire Department; and Berkley Watson, Conover Fire Department.

Johnson received the Overall Class Helmet/Pride and Integrity Award. This award recognizes the contributions of the cadet who exhibits leadership and earned the greatest merit points awarded during the training. He was presented the fire helmet front shield signifying their class number 19-1.

During his training, Johnson was housed by the St. Stephens Fire Department to eliminate his commute from his home in Wilkes County and allow him to focus on his training.

Billington received the Overall Halligan Bar/GPA Award which recognizes the highest GPA of the graduating class.

Hughes received the Overall Flathead Axe/Physical Fitness Award which recognizes the greatest physical fitness improvements achieved during the training.

CVCC’s Fire Academy is an intensive 10-week training program that prepares men and women for careers, both paid and volunteer, in the fire service. In addition to educational principals, students gain real-world knowledge and experience that goes beyond the minimum certification requirements.

Based on a paramilitary structure, the academy instills motivation, discipline, and integrity. Graduates undergo mental and physical preparedness that readies them for a profession in public service.

For more information about enrolling in the next CVCC Fire Academy, contact program director Wesley Lail, wlail566@cvcc.edu, (828) 327-7000, ext 4123.

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