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County graduates 11 firefighters


The Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department held a Firefighter Academy 2 graduation and oath of office ceremony Friday, Oct. 21, at Centennial High School, as 11 graduates completed a 14-week fire academy to become certified by the nonprofit International Fire Service Accreditation Congress, the county said in a news release.

In addition to firefighting, graduates are also certified in hazardous materials, emergency vehicle driving, auto extrication and wildland fires.

The graduates are Tyler Brown, Sebastian Estrada, Tappen Gray, Joseph Green, Matthew Holguin, Paul Peacock, Clete Powell, Isaiah Rivas, Thomas Shelton, Manuel Valandran and John Zapata.

Graduates will be assigned throughout Doña Ana County, including the 24/7 station at the Santa Teresa Jetport, beginning Oct. 23, the county said.

To volunteer or find out more about future firefighting academies, visit www.donaanacounty.org.

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