Arcata Fire to Hold Badge Pinning Ceremony for new Volunteers
The following is a press release from Arcata Fire:
Arcata, CA- (June 10, 2015)- Since March the Arcata Fire District has been working diligently in training 18 new volunteers. Seven of the new volunteers will become volunteer fire fighters and eleven will make up the Fire District’s new Volunteer Logistics Unit.
“Our new volunteer fire fighters have put in three months of training that consisted of 288 hours of hands on training and 100 hours of computer based training” stated Training Chief Sean Campbell. “They will continue their training as they transition from recruit volunteer fire fighters to probationary volunteer fire fighters and use their new skills on fire scenes” Campbell continued.
“Our new Volunteer Logistics Unit is a much needed program within our agency” stated Jenny Williamson, VLU coordinator. “The goal of the VLU is to assist the fire fighters and command staff at major incidents. They have spent the past three months training in accountability, radio communication, incident command, traffic/crowd control and rehabilitation for fire fighters at fire scenes” Williamson continued.
Tonight the Arcata Fire District celebrates the hard work and dedication these individuals have put in to acquire the knowledge and skills they now have to help their Fire District and their community. All of the new volunteers will receive their badge during a badge pinning ceremony that will take place at the Neighborhood Community Center on D Street in Arcata.
In addition to the new volunteers, the District will also conduct the badge pinning for Fire Prevention Specialist Jenny Williamson and recognized Captain Dave White for 40 years of service. “We are proud to continue the tradition of our volunteer program and excited to introduce a new volunteer program into our community and Fire District,” said Fire Chief Desmond Cowan. “We also continue to build and modernize our organization to serve our modern communities. Our personnel represent the finest tradition of the fire service.”