Pasadena Fire Chief Calvin E. Wells presided Thursday over the newest graduating class of 10 firefighter recruits for the department at the Ambassador Auditorium in West Pasadena.
The graduating class of new firefighters includes nine men and one woman: Kevin Adair, Jeffrey Grogan, Erik Hernandez, Roderick Hutchinson, Heywot Kollee, Russell Kraus, Benjamin Sullivan, Kevin Ross, Edward Ruffalo and Shana Welch.
As part of the ceremony, the new firefighters were pinned with their badges by a family member, friend or person of their choice.
Collectively, the firefighters ran more than 150 miles, did 33,700 push-ups, completed 480 rounds of Crossfit training and finished more than 600 hours of education during their 16-week academy. The last new recruit academy was in 2009 although through attrition, there was an immediate need to hire new recruits which included a very extensive extensive written, psychological and physical testing, plus extensive background and tiered interview processes. The academy also consisted of training in live fires; hose and ladder deployments; emergency medical response and a field trip to the Museum of Tolerance.
The last new firefighter recruit academy was in 2009.
â€œBecoming a Firefighter is one of the most sought-after careers and most difficult professions to get into. We are a world-class City and we pride ourselves on selecting top candidates who will be singled out not only as leaders in the fire service but also mentors in the community,â€ Chief Wells said.