VALHALLA, N.Y. – Daniel Cultice, Griffen Klein and Stephen Taylor of Pleasantville were among 128 firefighters from 41 volunteer fire departments in Westchester who were honored Thursday night at a graduation ceremony.
County Executive Rob Astorino and Commissioner John Cullen of the Department of Emergency Services congratulated the graduates for completing the Firefighter I and Firefighter Survival training and thanked them for their service to their communities.
“I know that many of you came here to tackle your training after putting in a hard day at work or at school," Astorino said. "So I thank you for the commitment you have shown to your training and for the service you are prepared to give to your communities.”
The 128 firefighters are graduates of seven separate Firefighter I classes conducted in the past seven months at the Department of Emergency Services Fire Training Center in Valhalla. Drexler was in class 12-19 and Khairi was in class 12-09.
“The Firefighter I class is an 87-hour program that is the foundation and prerequisite for all additional fire training that a volunteer firefighter will receive," Cullen said. "It introduces the recruit to firefighting concepts, practices and techniques necessary for success in the fire service."
Topics covered in Firefighter I training include firefighter safety, fire behavior, personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, building searches, forcible entry, ventilation, building construction, ropes and knots, rescue procedures, hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction, confined space safety, and fire prevention practices.
Astorino thanked the fire training staff at the Department of Emergency Services for outstanding work and said the fire training program was an excellent example of a shared service between the county and local fire departments.