By Leslie Hynes, South County Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer.
Fourteen South County Fire recruits started attending the Snohomish County Fire Training Academy on Monday, September 9, 2019.
Jonathan Bailey, Brian Buckingham, Anthony Casanas, Brendan Cleary, Tracy Finch, Kyle Johnson, Everard Lewis II, Karl Long, Julian Markfield, Keanan Metcalfe, Dan Nelson, Thomas Perillat, Ryan Scott and Michael Swanson are part of an academy class of 36 recruits from six county fire departments.
Most of the training in the 14-week program takes place at the South County Fire Training Tower near Mariner High School in unincorporated Everett.
Recruits train 40 hours a week to learn skills to prepare them for their first shift at the fire station including hoses, fire attack, forcible entry, ventilation, search and rescue, automobile extrication, and ladders.