Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak will deliver the commencement address to the recruit firefighter class 9 a.m. Friday at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville-Deason Road.
As TDCI Commissioner, McPeak also is the State Fire Marshal.
"I'm proud of these graduates, and I'm honored to play a role in the start of their careers in fire service," she said. "Tennessee has a rich history of volunteer and paid firefighters, and the academy and its staff are an invaluable part of that."
Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce CEO Walt Wood will make a presentation of a "Challenge Coin" to each of the graduating students. The coin is red, white and blue and contains the "Three Stars" symbol from the Tennessee State Flag and the logo of the Academy in raised gold letters.
Located on 330 acres in northern Bedford County, this state-of-the-art training facility has been a "home away from home" for the recruits during this 10-week class. Comprising 11 students from nine fire departments across the state and one student not currently with a fire department but preparing for a career in fire service, the recruits perform a variety of training exercises.
This premier facility prepares first responders using live simulations. This approach primes recruits and present situations they will commonly face as firefighters. From victim rescue to hazardous fuel spills and a live fire, recruits are presented with a variety of life-and-death scenarios. This graduating class will be the 27th to complete the Recruit Firefighter class since the facility opened at the Bedford County location in 2001.
Recruit / Firefighter I Participating Fire Departments:
Altamont Volunteer Fire Department
Chattanooga Airport Fire Department
Cookeville Fire Department Gallatin Fire Department
Karns Volunteer Fire Department
Lexington Fire Department
Millersville Fire Department
Selmer Fire Department
Southeast Community Volunteer Fire Department
The Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy provides nearly 500 courses to fire departments, codes professionals and other emergency response agencies throughout the state. For more information about the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy, go to tn.gov/commerce/sfm/tfaca/ or call (800) 747-8868 or (931) 294-4111.