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Posted on: August 24, 2017

100 First Responders Graduate Fire and Rescue Training

For Additional Information:
Laura Rinehart, Public Information Officer
[email protected] or 571-233-1649
August 24, 2017

For Immediate Release:
100 First Responders Graduate Fire and Rescue Training

The Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System is honored to announce the graduation of one hundred volunteers who successfully completed various levels of fire and rescue training at the Oliver Robert “O.R.” Dubé Fire and Rescue Training Academy. Graduation ceremonies were held Tuesday, August 22, 2017, and recognized the accomplishments of these men and women who have made great commitment and sacrifice to serve their communities.  
Five students completed the Emergency Medical Responder course, sixty-five completed the Emergency Medical Technician course, seven completed the advanced EMT-Intermediate course, and twenty-three students completed the Firefighter I-II course. All of the graduates spent countless hours over the last nine months participating in these demanding programs in preparation for County, State and National certification examinations.    

Deputy Chief of Training Randall Shank served as master of ceremonies and proudly recognized Loudoun’s success in developing an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) to Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) bridge program authorized by the Virginia Office of Emergency Services.  The EMR to EMT Bridge program is the first to be conducted in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Fire System Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr., Blue Ridge District Supervisor Tony Buffington, Jr., and Catoctin District Supervisor Geary Higgins addressed the audience, commending the graduates for their time and dedication given to protecting the citizens of Loudoun County. “As you leave the care of your instructors and begin your Fire or EMS career, I implore you to uphold public safety’s highest traditions to include honor, courage and personal sacrifice, as you care for the citizens, visitors and fellow first responders of Loudoun County,” said Chief Brower.   

During the ceremony the class coordinators took the stage to present an honorary award to the top student in each class. Top students were also selected from each of the Monroe Technology Center Fire and EMT classes. Top students are chosen for their high level of dedication, academic performance, and their ability to lead and motivate others. The top students recognized during the ceremony included:  Emergency Medical Responder: Bryce Dahnert of Ashburn Fire and Rescue; EMR to EMT bridge: Hawley Hansen of Ashburn Fire and Rescue; Spring EMT: Kevin Kelly of Purcellville Rescue; Summer EMT: Caroline Roden of Purcellville Rescue and Lovettsville Fire and Rescue; EMT-Intermediate: Cathy Cottone of Ashburn Fire and Rescue; Firefighter I-II: Trevor Brown of Sterling Fire. The top student from the Monroe Technology EMT class is Antonio Almario of Loudoun Rescue and the top honor for Firefighter I-II went to Wyatt Claudy a member of both Leesburg and Philomont Fire Companies. 
Photos and full listing of graduates below:

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Spring Emergency Medical Responder

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Spring Emergency Medical Technician

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Summer Emergency Medical Technician

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EMR to Emergency Medical Technician Bridge

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Firefighter 17-1

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MTC Emergency Medical Technicians & Firefighters I&II

For more information about the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System visit www.loudoun.gov/fire. To learn about fire and rescue volunteer opportunities visit www.OpenNewDoors.org.


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