On May 17th the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (LPFD) Recruit Academy graduated and celebrated their achievements after a grueling 17-week fire academy. Ten Recruits had their badges pinned and took their Oath of Allegiance in front of friends and family members at the Mertes Center for the Arts on the campus of Las Positas College.
Over the last seventeen weeks, the Recruit Firefighters have been trained and tested on structural firefighting, wildland firefighting, vehicle extrication, hazardous materials, stress and grief management, emergency medical services and technical rescue. Each day, the recruits arrived at work before sunrise for physical fitness training and equipment checks. They then went through a full day of instruction and practice followed by an evening clean-up routine that usually lasted till around 6:00 p.m. Most nights, they would then have to study and complete homework assignments for the next day. Completing the LPFD Fire Academy is a significant achievement that these Recruits can be proud of for the rest of their careers.
The graduating Recruits vary from seasoned firefighters making a change in fire departments to a Recruit who had never touched a fire hose prior to the Academy. All the Recruits have demonstrated that they are ready for response through extensive testing and evaluation. The Recruits had Friday evening off, but on Saturday morning, many reported to their first shift.