Plainfield Fire Department Gets Eight New Recruits
Saturday, September 7, 2013 • 10:19am
PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Wednesday, Sept. 4, family and friends gathered to witness the official swearing in ceremony of eight city residents to the position of Firefighter for the City of Plainfield. Appointed by Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs, the eight Fire Cadets Kevin Coleman, Omar Gray, Travis Johnson, Casey Kostick, Brian Mayo, Aaron Hale, Timothy Judson and Michael Lowe will begin on Monday, Sept. 9.
Describing the event, Nure L. Jones, Jr. Deputy Fire Chief told The Alternative Press of Plainfield, “A feeling of joy and celebration resounded throughout City Hall Library as firefighters and family spoke of the pride they felt. A mother choked back tears to see her son following in a family tradition of community service. A firefighter nearing retirement-shared memories of his young son’s fascination with his chosen career…to see that son before us starting in the same career. Firefighters welcomed the young recruits to the fellowship of brother firefighters worldwide. The cadets each thanked their family and those who helped them achieve this goal, which for some has been a lifelong aspiration.”
The arduous mission of the Plainfield Fire Department, as stated in their various publications is: To protect the lives and property of the citizens of Plainfield from natural and manmade hazards and acute medical emergencies through prevention, education and active intervention.
“After a week of orientation, the fit testing, issuance of uniforms and gear, the firefighters will begin a five week 200 hour course of study at the Middlesex County Fire Academy,” Jones said.
According to the official Middlesex County website, The Middlesex County Fire Academy is a 26-acre state-of-the-art training facility located in Sayreville. The academy opened in 1992 and has trained several thousand firefighters and emergency response personnel from throughout New Jersey as well as individuals from across the country and even firefighters from Colombia, South America. The academy provides classroom instruction and dynamic hands on training in all aspects of fire, rescue and hazardous materials response. There are eight classrooms with seating for thirty to forty people each, and an amphitheater with seating for as many as one hundred and eighty people with state of the art audio/visual capabilities.