Fire Services celebrates five state certified volunteers
Newton County Fire Services recognized five of its volunteer firefighters recently for completing a newly established training program.
In order to operate in a fire situation in Georgia a volunteer must meet the state minimum of 180 hours of required training. The Newton County Fire Services developed and delivered a training course that met and exceeded this requirement.
Newton County’s five volunteer graduates completed the course conducted within the county by on-staff instructors, which totaled 220 hours.
The Newton County volunteer firefighters who graduated from this training and are now State Certified Firefighters, are Cody Cullen, Matthew Gerfin, Norman Hunt, Martin McCormick and Ed Pelkey.
The five volunteers met one night each week and one Saturday a month until the 220 hours were completed.
Classes and hands-on training were for three subjects — National Professional Qualifications for firefighter 1 and 2, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations and search and rescue techniques for trapped victims.
Acting Fire Chief Brian Massey led the graduation program at the Newton County Fire Services Headquarters on March 21, in which instructors Firefighter David Harper, Lt. Ryan Cummings, Fire Apparatus Operator Brad Brad Redmond, Fire Apparatus Operator Justin Holmes and Firefighter Chris Cox were in attendance.