The Burbank Fire Department accepted nine new firefighters this past week following a difficult 15 week academy. The class joined with the Glendale Fire Department, who also graduated eight new firefighters, for a total of 17 new recruits as they all finished as one team.
The eight men and one female were selected from 2,000 applicants who tested for the positions. In the process they went through background investigations, physicals and oral interviews.
For the past three months the new recruits have learned fire fighting skills required for the job such as fire behavior, first aid, extractions from auto accidents, repelling, brush fire survival, filling and working with fire helicopters, ladders, ropes and plenty of extra required specialty training.
The class originally started with 10 and one member was cut several weeks into the training. Every morning the class started with physical exercise that included running, pushups, etc. In the end the recruits had to pass the required test to get into their personal protective equipment within two minutes.
During the graduation exercise family members got to pin shiny new badges on the nine recruits who will now be on probation for the the next 12 months.
Following several speeches and a video, words were shared by Burbank’s Fire Chief Tom Lenahan along with Glendale Interim Fire Chief Greg Fish, and City Managers Mark Scott and Scott Ochoa.
The recruits were sworn in taking the oath of office and then had the opportunity to put on a demonstration of the skills learned the past 15 weeks.
This class included Burbank’s only second female firefighter ever hired, Jennifer Hoffman, and Ralph Mundell, son of Beverly Hills Fire Chief Ralph Mundell.
The new Burbank recruits are: Justin Chin 27 of Studio City, Tyler Gonzales 25 of Fullerton, Jennifer Hoffman 26 of Burbank, Matthew Kohon 33 of Sherman Oaks, Ralph Mundell 23 of Santa Clarita, Scott Smith 37 of Huntington Beach, Martin Villa 31 of Santa Clarita, Michael Weiner 38 of West Hollywood and Ian Wood 31 of Santa Clarita.
Here are some photos from the graduation and the demonstration that followed: