Three New Firefighters Graduate From WSFA

Three residents of Golden Valley and neighboring cities have made a lot of progress in their firefighter training, graduating from the West Suburban Fire Academy (WSFA) earlier this month.

L to R: Battalion Chief Steve Baker, Richard Alme, Jeremy Erickson, Travis Ryder, Fire Chief John Crelly

Starting in January, these recruits underwent nearly six months of training, totaling more than 200 hours at the WSFA, and leading up to their graduation June 11. These new graduates are now recognized as certified firefighters by the State of Minnesota.

Although they have been responding to emergency calls all year, the graduates still have more training to complete. They will spend the next six months earning their Emergency Medical Responder certification through a 40+ hour class, which allows them to respond to emergency medical calls.

GVFD Still Looking For Firefighters

The deadline for applying to become a paid on-call firefighter is July 8 at midnight. Applications can be found on City website under Employment Opportunities.

To be a Golden Valley firefighter, you must live or work within six minutes of a City fire station and be age 18 or older. It also helps to be in good shape and have a clean driving and criminal record. For questions about becoming a Golden Valley Firefighter, contact Batallion Chief Steve Baker at 763-593-3977.


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