Two graduate from Fire Academy


Garrett, Hope among 23 graduates

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Courtesy photo Twenty-three graduated from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s South Carolina Fire Academy this past Friday. Among the graduates was Kayla Garrett and Robert Hope of the Union Public Safety Department. Pictured are the graduating firefighters including Garrett and Hope. First row (left to right): John Centrone, Simpsonville Fire Department; Al-Jarrod Sumpter, Santee Fire Department; Rebecca Barnett, Cayce Department of Public Safety; Kayla Garrett, Union Public Safety Department; Rashaun Grant, Walterboro Fire Department; Kayle Wielkie, Awendaw Fire Department; Sarah Perez, Virgin Island Port Authority; Shena Paris, Virgin Island Port Authority. Second row (left to right) : Nicholas Williamsen, Burton Fire Department; Jon Kizer, Edisto Beach Fire Department; Kenneth Fisk, Edisto Beach Fire Department; Zachary Shipman, Boiling Springs Fire Department; David Irvin, Edisto Beach Fire Department; Aaron Parris, Easley Fire Department; Donnell Boyles, Spartanburg City Fire Department and Lucas Graham, Dorchester County Fire/ Rescue. Third row (left to right): Joseph Anderson, no affiliation; Brian Cox, Burton Fire Department; Juan Andrew, Parker Fire District; Chad Price, Columbia Fire Department; Joshua Almond, Tyger River Fire Department; Robert Hope, Union Public Safety Department; and Kyle Conlan, Edisto Beach Fire Department.


Courtesy photo Kayla Garrett and Robert Hope of the Union Public Safety Department graduated from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s South Carolina Fire Academy this past Friday. They were among 23 firefighters to graduate from the eight-week training program in Columbia.


COLUMBIA — Two firefighters with the Union City Fire Department have graduated from the South Carolina Fire Academy.

In a statement released this past weekend, the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s South Carolina Fire Academy announced that it had graduated 23 recruits on Friday from its eight-week firefighter candidate school in Columbia. Keynote speaker was Chief Matthew McDowell, City of North Charleston Fire Department.

The graduating class included Kayla Garrett and Robert Hope of the Union Public Safety Department.

The firefighters from 15 fire departments across the state, and one out-of-country department, underwent a 320-hour training program of classroom and hands-on firefighting skills development.

The in-depth training, offered quarterly at the Fire Academy, includes emergency responder first aid training, hazardous materials operations training, auto extrication, flammable liquids and gas firefighting, rescue training, and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firefighter I and Firefighter II levels.

“This is a very challenging program that requires team work, in-depth study, extensive hands-on training with live fires, eight practical skills evaluations and seven written tests to meet the National Fire Protection Association standards,” Fire Academy Branch Chief Lenny Busby said. “I am pleased with the recruits and our staff; they have shown extreme commitment to service by completing this challenging and comprehensive program. Our state and their communities will be better served as a result of their efforts.”

The following recruits graduated Feb. 26, 2016:

• Joshua Almond, Tyger River Fire Department

• Joseph Anderson, no affiliation

• Juan Andrew, Parker Fire District

• Rebecca Barnett, Cayce Department of Public Safety

• Donnell Boyles, Spartanburg City Fire Department

• John Centrone, Simpsonville Fire Department

• Kyle Conlan, Edisto Beach Fire Department

• Brian Cox, Burton Fire Department

• Kenneth Fisk, Edisto Beach Fire Department

Kayla Garrett, Union Public Safety Department

• Lucas Graham, Dorchester County Fire/ Rescue

• Rashaun Grant, Walterboro Fire Department

Robert Hope, Union Public Safety Department

• David Irvin, Edisto Beach Fire Department

• Jon Kizer, Edisto Beach Fire Department

• Shena Paris, Virgin Island Port Authority

• Aaron Parris, Easley Fire Department

• Sarah Perez, Virgin Island Port Authority

• Chad Price, Columbia Fire Department

• Zachary Shipman, Boiling Springs Fire Department

• Al-Jarrod Sumpter, Santee Fire Department

• Kayle Wielkie, Awendaw Fire Department

• Nicholas Williamsen, Burton Fire Department

The following awards were also presented:

Order of the Maltese — Joseph Anderson, not affiliated with a specific fire department

The Maltese Cross is a firefighter’s badge of honor, signifying that he or she works in courage — a ladder rung away from death. The Eight Obligations of The Maltese Cross are: Live in Truth, Repent of Sins, Love Justice, Be Sincere and Whole-Hearted, Have Faith, Give Proof of Humility, Be Merciful, and Endure Persecution.

This award is chosen by the class recruits.

Chief Robert Frick — David Irvin, Edisto Beach Fire Department

The Chief Robert Frick Award is given to the recruit with the highest grade point average.

Pride of the Battalion — Brian Cox, Burton Fire Department

The Pride of the Battalion award is given to the recruit who has demonstrated “Leadership, Integrity, Determination and Good Value.”

This award recipient is chosen by the instructor staff who worked with the recruits during the eight-week program.

The Fire Academy provides emergency services training to the municipal fire service – both paid and volunteer – airport crash rescue departments, industrial fire brigades and emergency teams and service organizations including EMS, law enforcement and military from around the state and the world. The Fire Academy is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress and National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) for multiple NFPA firefighter levels.

The Fire Academy and the State Fire Marshal’s Office make up the Division of Fire and Life Safety, which is a division of the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

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Twenty-three graduated from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s South Carolina Fire Academy this past Friday. Among the graduates was Kayla Garrett and Robert Hope of the Union Public
Safety Department.

Pictured are the graduating firefighters including Garrett and Hope.

First row (left to right): John Centrone, Simpsonville Fire Department; Al-Jarrod Sumpter, Santee Fire Department; Rebecca Barnett, Cayce Department of Public Safety; Kayla Garrett, Union Public Safety Department; Rashaun Grant, Walterboro Fire Department; Kayle Wielkie, Awendaw Fire Department; Sarah Perez, Virgin Island Port Authority; Shena Paris, Virgin Island Port Authority.

Second row (left to right) : Nicholas Williamsen, Burton Fire Department; Jon Kizer, Edisto Beach Fire Department; Kenneth Fisk, Edisto Beach Fire Department; Zachary Shipman, Boiling Springs Fire Department; David Irvin, Edisto Beach Fire Department; Aaron Parris, Easley Fire Department; Donnell Boyles, Spartanburg City Fire Department and Lucas Graham, Dorchester County Fire/ Rescue.

Third row (left to right): Joseph Anderson, no affiliation; Brian Cox, Burton Fire Department; Juan Andrew, Parker Fire District; Chad Price, Columbia Fire Department; Joshua Almond, Tyger River Fire Department; Robert Hope, Union Public Safety Department; and Kyle Conlan, Edisto Beach Fire Department.

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Twenty-three graduated from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s South Carolina Fire Academy this past Friday. Among the graduates was Kayla Garrett and Robert Hope of the Union Public
Safety Department.

Pictured are the graduating firefighters including Garrett and Hope.

First row (left to right): John Centrone, Simpsonville Fire Department; Al-Jarrod Sumpter, Santee Fire Department; Rebecca Barnett, Cayce Department of Public Safety; Kayla Garrett, Union Public Safety Department; Rashaun Grant, Walterboro Fire Department; Kayle Wielkie, Awendaw Fire Department; Sarah Perez, Virgin Island Port Authority; Shena Paris, Virgin Island Port Authority.

Second row (left to right) : Nicholas Williamsen, Burton Fire Department; Jon Kizer, Edisto Beach Fire Department; Kenneth Fisk, Edisto Beach Fire Department; Zachary Shipman, Boiling Springs Fire Department; David Irvin, Edisto Beach Fire Department; Aaron Parris, Easley Fire Department; Donnell Boyles, Spartanburg City Fire Department and Lucas Graham, Dorchester County Fire/ Rescue.

Third row (left to right): Joseph Anderson, no affiliation; Brian Cox, Burton Fire Department; Juan Andrew, Parker Fire District; Chad Price, Columbia Fire Department; Joshua Almond, Tyger River Fire Department; Robert Hope, Union Public Safety Department; and Kyle Conlan, Edisto Beach Fire Department.

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Kayla Garrett and Robert Hope of the Union Public Safety Department graduated from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s South Carolina Fire Academy this past Friday. They were among 23 firefighters to graduate from the eight-week training program in Columbia.

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Kayla Garrett and Robert Hope of the Union Public Safety Department graduated from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s South Carolina Fire Academy this past Friday. They were among 23 firefighters to graduate from the eight-week training program in Columbia.

Garrett, Hope among 23 graduates

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This story was submitted by the South Carolina Fire Academy.

This story was submitted by the South Carolina Fire Academy.

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