22 Graduate from Roanoke Valley Regional Fire and EMS Academy

The newest class of fire fighters start working the streets of Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Salem after graduating from the Roanoke Valley Regional Fire and EMS Academy on Wednesday.

This is the 21st class of the Academy. The 22 recruits have gone through 19 weeks of rigorous training. The officers engage in training with active fires and dangerous situations, making their training even more real. They'll log more than 1,000 hours of training during the course.

Many of the speakers at graduation highlighted a fireman's role in their community, saying they're often the first people called when disasters happen and people see them on their worst days.

It's a responsibility class 21 says they're willing to take on. 

"It's all worth it when you think about what you get to do, and at the end of the day and that's help people," says Class President and new Roanoke County Fire Fighter Robert Bowman. "Make their lives a little bit better and make a difference in the community."

"I think it's one of the best careers you could have," adds new Roanoke City Fire Fighter Drew Hall. "A lot of honor, courage, pride in it."

 


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