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Honor Guard and Pipes & Drums at the 2016 Recruit Graduation Ceremony
 
June 29, 2016
 

Chandler Fire, Health & Medical welcomes nine recruit academy graduates as sworn firefighters
 
On Friday, June 24, 2016, the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical (CFHM) Department held a swearing in ceremony for nine graduates of its 2016 Fire Academy. During the ceremony, the nine received their official badges, took the oath of office, and were given their station and shift assignments.
 
Chief Tom Dwiggins congratulated the graduates for completing the 12-week training academy and welcomed them to the Department. He also praised the many friends and family members who supported the recruits throughout the challenging application, testing, interviewing and training process.
 
“More than 1,500 people applied and competed for these nine positions”, he said. Chief Dwiggins then spoke directly to the new firefighters saying, “I expect great things from each of you. I want you to remember the name on the back of your shirt, ‘Chandler.’ Everything you do not only represents the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department, but the entire City of Chandler workforce. You are now a part of this City, expected to contribute to the community positively throughout your 25 plus year career.”
 

CFHM leaders, staff and new academy graduatesAfter his remarks, Chief Dwiggins presented the graduates with their official badges, which were pinned on by one or more family members of their choosing. After the pinning ceremony, Chandler City Magistrate Alicia Skupin administered the sworn oath to the graduating members of Recruit Class 16-01, dubbed the “Relentless 9.” They are: Ladd Elwood, Scott Graves, Devin Howell, Robert Krauel, Brian Leuders, Joe Ricci, Nick Robertson, Daniel Rosales, and Trent Tope.
 
Battalion Chief Lance Trella supervised the academy and praised the nine graduates for their commitment and challenged them to continue in their professional development. “This is just the start of your career,” he said. “You must push yourself to keep learning and getting better at your trade. The more information you have, the better your decisions will be.”
 
CFHM Training Captains Casey Johnson and Mario Maldonado were the primary instructors for the academy, and Firefighters Jason Stowe and Josh Whitney served as mentors to the recruits. The academy was conducted at the Chandler Fire Training Academy, 3550 S. Dobson Road.
 
With these newest additions, the CFHM Department has 236 employees, 210 of those sworn, serving at 10 stations, the Training Center, a Support Services facility and the Department’s Headquarters in downtown Chandler.
 
For more information about the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department, visit chandleraz.gov/fire