MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Fire District is proud to announce the graduation of three recruit firefighters from the Washington State Patrol Fire Academy on Nov. 2. The three firefighters were hired following the Federal Emergency Management Agency's award of a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant.
Recruits Tobin McGowan, Courtney Murdoch and Patrick Ryan endured a 12-week training program that meets recognized national standards both in the classroom and on the drill field.
"It gives me great pleasure to see these recruits graduate," Marysville Fire Chief Greg Corn said. "The new firefighters will improve our readiness in providing service to the community."
In addition to meeting the expectations of the academy, all three recruits earned awards for Leadership and First Due Truck Company — the latter of which recognizes skills such as laddering, searching, ventilation and firefighting — as well as the Bulldog Award for leadership, professionalism, dedication and confidence.
McGowan and Murdoch also earned Certificates of Academic Excellence for averaging more than 99 percent in every written exam they took throughout the Academy training.
"We in the Marysville Fire District could not be any prouder of these individuals, as they demonstrate the essence of a firefighter," Corn said.
The Marysville Fire District recognized these new recruits at the December Board of Directors meeting. Each of these recruits is already assigned to shifts and is continuing their training as probationary firefighters.