UAF fire fighters graduate Friday from summer fire academy

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska The Summer Fire Academy is offered through University of Alaska’s science program.

The Summer Fire Academy is offered through University of Alaska’s science program. It consists of a ten week course that combines online learning with paramilitary style teaching. Upon the graduation of this program, students earn 12 credits and are eligible to test for Fire Fighter certification. (Carly Sjordal/KTVF)

It consists of a ten week course that combines online learning with paramilitary style teaching.

Upon the graduation of this program, students earn 12 credits and are eligible to test for Fire Fighter certification.

Program director John George commented on his student’s success.

“We have families from all across the nation, all across Alaska that are coming together to watch what their students, what their daughters, what their husbands, their sons have accomplished really. And what’s great about this is they graduate on Friday and the vast majority will start Monday in either our campus student fire department or through scholarship programs serving the local company while they go to school and get and education.” Said George. He noted that they had more than 240 hours of training in the past ten weeks.

The ceremony included a drills, a speech by UAF Chancellor Dan White and the graduation of 29 firefighters. During the ceremony John George also addressed the budget concerns and said that he didn’t want his students to worry about having to finish class. He especially thanked the dean of the department for keeping the program running.

When ask about her graduating class, Lisjaneduis Colon-Parrilla noted that her class has a considerable amount of diversity in backgrounds and work experiences. Most of these graduating students are from states all around the US.

“We have like a mix of people. We have a lot of veterans and I that makes us very unique because it is a paramilitary job and so it makes us bond a little bit easier. You know we had at least one veteran in each one of our companies, a total of 6 veterans. And it helped because we have people who have had experience before. ” Said Colon-Parrilla.

The Fairbanks Fire Summer Academy hopes for success for its newest public servants.