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Fire & Rescue Service Welcomes 2009 Recruits


May 23, 2009 – The Thunder Bay Fire & Rescue Service today held its first formal graduation ceremony to welcome eight 2009 recruits.

“The Fire Service is steeped in tradition and rich in honour and we thought it fitting, at this time of unprecedented change in our Fire Service, that a new tradition be established,” said Fire Chief John Hay who led the ceremony at the Thunder Bay & Region Training Complex with participation by Acting Mayor Joe Virdiramo and City Manager Tim Commisso.

“We need to recognize the hard work and dedication these individuals have put in to reach this point. We also need to thank each new fire fighter and their families for their commitment to the Fire Service and the citizens of Thunder Bay today and for years to come.”

Chief Hay and Rod Hurdon, Director of Training, presented hat badges to the following new 4th Class Firefighters:

  • Matt Agar
  • Barry Anderson
  • Dan Fotheringham
  • Greg Larizza
  • Jason Magill
  • James Shippam
  • Brad Towell
  • Jeffery Towell

The new recruits, who completed a rigorous eight week training program, bring the Fire & Rescue Service to 192 firefighters.

Thunder Bay Fire & Rescue provides the City and region with a highly trained emergency service capable of handling a range of emergencies and hazardous situations. Fire suppression, auto extrication, hazardous material spills, industrial accidents, tiered medical response/defibrillation, high/low angle rescue, and confined space rescue are provided from eight stations. Fire & Rescue also delivers Emergency Planning for the community.

The Fire Prevention & Investigation Division is responsible for ongoing inspections of all business, industrial, commercial and residential properties, as well as fire origin and cause investigation. Public education programs include fire and life safety education, juvenile fire setter intervention, special interest programming, and specialized training for businesses and industry.

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Contact: Rod Hurdon, Director of Training, Thunder Bay Fire & Rescue Service, (807) 625-2479