Nashville Fire Department Adds 53 New Firefighters
Recruits completed more than 1,000 hours of extensive training
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 29, 2022) – The Nashville Fire Department added 53 new firefighters to the department during a graduation ceremony at Madison Church of Christ on Friday, April 16th at the Madison Church of Christ.
NFD Director Chief William Swann and Chief Training Officer Commander Scott Lively presented each of the graduates with a certificate of completion and their official badge. Family, friends and fellow NFD personnel celebrated Battalion 85’s accomplishment following the ceremony.
Battalion 84 graduates were also honored for completing the academy in January. The department postponed the scheduled graduation ceremony for Battalion 84 due to weather, however a smaller ceremony took place at the NFD Training Academy for the recruits.
Friday, the recruits from Battalion 84 who are now working in NFD’s field operations joined Battalion 85 to celebrate Battalion 84’s graduation with their family and friends.
Battalion 85 completed more than 1,000 hours of an intensive curriculum, including classroom lectures and hands on training. Their hands-on training included live fire training, swift water rescue training and high angle rescue techniques.
“Friday our recruits took the Firefighter’s Oath,” Director Chief William Swann said. “The oath is a promise to serve their community, to serve their fellow personnel, to serve their families and to uphold the high standards of this department. The choice to become a firefighter is one our personnel make every single time they come on shift. It is all of our duty to honor that choice.”
During the ceremony the NFD awarded Battalion 84 recruits Anne Ray and Brandon Bennett for earning the honor of Valedictorians for academic performance in both the EMT and Fire Suppression programs.
Battalion 84 Recruit Collin Hanner earned the Fitness Award for his work while in the academy.
Battalion 84 Recruit Broderick Yancey earned The Esprit De Corps (Spirit of the Body) Award. This award is earned by the member of the recruit class who best represents the heartbeat of the battalion.
Also, during the ceremony the NFD honored Battalion 85 recruit Dakota Smith for earning the honor of Valedictorian for academic performance in both the EMT and Fire Suppression programs.
Battalion 85 Recruit Austin Writesman earned the Fitness Award for his work while in the academy.
Battalion 85 Recruit Le’Andre Singleton earned The Esprit De Corps (Spirit of the Body) Award. This award is earned by the member of the recruit class who best represents the heartbeat of the battalion.
The recruits will immediately join their fellow firefighters and EMS personnel in fire companies across Metro Nashville Davidson County.