By Chief Wade Watkins
Unified Fire Authority’s Recruit Class #54 started February 1, 2021. The class has 36 new recruits preparing to be firefighters, many of which will serve in Riverton City upon their completion of recruit camp. Their camp will last 16-weeks and will cover the fundamentals of becoming a firefighter.
Many of the recruits have been preparing for years to be here. Some with years of experience representing other agencies. Others have taken a shot at this pursuit with little understanding of what was ahead of them. The first day of recruit camp is challenging to say the least with physical limits pushed followed by educational hurdles to ensure they are understanding the information. The challenges that these recruits face is eased with the lessons they’re learning about teamwork and supporting each other.
As they diligently continue through recruit school some of their challenges and learning will consist of functional physical training, fire behavior, effective communications, firefighting tactics, emergency driver training. They are anticipated to graduate and serve within your community May 26 of 2021.