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Firefighters graduate from Monett program

Monday, April 25, 2011

Graduation ceremonies were held recently for 21 firefighters at the Monett City Hall Auditorium. Training Officer Shane Anderson posed for pictures with those who completed the Firefighter I and II classes. [Photo courtesy of Shane Anderson]
Twenty-one firefighters graduated from the Firefighter I and II classes offered by the Monett Fire Department. Graduation ceremonies were held recently in the Monett City Hall Auditorium.

Participating firefighters began their training in September 2010. According to Shane L. Anderson, training officer for the Monett Fire Department, the course ran slightly longer than scheduled due to extreme weather.

The course required each student to demonstrate proficiency in 21 separate areas of firefighting, including fire behavior, rescue, extrication and emergency medical care.

The Hot Shot Award honoring the top graduate went to Janet Wimsatt, of the Monett Rural Fire Association. Wimsatt demonstrated the highest academic scores and the most improvement in physical skills.

Brandon Pennington, of the Monett Fire department, received The Spirit Award. Pennington consistently demonstrated a desire to help his fellow students, often placing their needs above his own.

With the completion of this class, Anderson said approximately 150 firefighters have trained for certification through the Monett Fire department since 2004.

"We have a very successful pass rate for this type of training," Anderson said. "I believe it is a testament to how hard our department works to make sure prospective firefighters receive high quality training.

"Our training motto is: Don't Train Until You Get It Right. Train Until You Get It Right Every Time," Anderson said.

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