Five new Cheyenne Fire Rescue probationary firefighters will start their careers with Cheyenne Fire Rescue today as they embark on a 10-week training academy.
Taking the oath to become a firefighter today were Bryan Gill, James Lewis, Erik McGee, Benjamin Murphy, and Kyle Pope.
During the next 10 weeks, the five probationary firefighters will take part at a fire academy hosted by Cheyenne Fire Rescue, During the course of the academy, these firefighters will learn the importance of physical fitness along with other skills and knowledge such as building construction, fire extinguishers, proper ladder use, fire firefighting techniques, hose management, ropes and knots, forcible entry, ventilation, search and rescue and other topics. The academy instruction includes classroom and hands-on training.
“We are happy to welcome the new members to our department,” said Greg Hoggatt, Cheyenne Fire Rescue Chief.
During the academy there will be joint training with the City of Laramie Fire Department. Four Laramie firefighters will join the five Cheyenne Fire Rescue firefighters to get certified as Firefighter II.
Academy completion and graduation is scheduled for early November.