Tonight, the 40 recruits of Sacramento Fire Academy Class 17-1 will graduate in a ceremony at the Crest Theatre on K Street, and the public is invited to attend. Please join us and help us the celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals and their families.
In recent academies, a new tradition has arisen, that of the "Thirty Hour Shift". In 24 hard weeks, the recruits have acquired many new skills and techniques. Last week at the academy, all of those skills and more were tested in the Thirty Hour Shift, which simulates a normal long day in a busy firehouse.
The recruits arrive in the morning and set up cots and bedding in the academy warehouse, and begin the normal chores of the day. Cleaning, checking equipment, training, cooking, and studying are interrupted constantly by academy staff and Sacramento firefighters that continually dispatch the recruits on a variety of simulated real-life calls. The recruits respond in fire engines and ambulances to various locations around the academy grounds for medical aids, dumpster fires, car fires, gas leaks, house fires, vehicle collisions, commercial alarms, and a myriad of other emergencies. They must think on their feet, use all of their new-found knowledge and protocols to solve real-time problems, and be prepared for the unknown. They are given little time to rest and clean up before the next call is dispatched.
At night, just as they are snoozing comfortably in their cots, the pace of the calls picks up. For many of the recruits with no prior fire service experience, it is the first time they have been woken up repeatedly through the night and forced to focus on the tasks at hand. As night turns into day, the calls continue, until finally after 30 long hours, the recruits do one final clean up and are released to go home and sleep. The experience is one last burst of real-world training before the recruits graduate into full-time firefighters and are assigned to their fire houses. FULL 4 minute video on our Facebook Page. #firerecruit #fireacademy #firefighting #firefighter #firedepartment @ucdavisfire @westsacfire @eldofire