VIDEO: Guam Fire Department Swear-In 26 New Firefighters

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Guam – The Guam Fire Department swore in 26 new firefighters this morning.

Acting Fire Chief John Wusstig welcomed the new man-power. He said its been 9-years since GFD hired anyone and they’ve  lost 17 firefighters since the start of the current Administration.

Each new firefighter has been trained in fighting fires, handling hazardous materials, providing emergency medical services and performing water rescues. They’re now starting out at the rank of  Firefighter One. And Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio reminded the audience that their job is to save-lives.

 

“So when you see a fire or an incident that requires their attention, you see usually most people running away. But the Fire Department and their personnel are  always the ones running in. These are the men who have more courage and willing to stand to protect the lives of the people of Guam.”

The firefighters of the 20th Fire Rescue Cycle are the first to graduate with ProBoard certification in hazardous materials awareness and haz-mat operations. The firefighters are expected to start working this Sunday.

Valedictorian Brian Torres led the Firefighter’s Pledge while Salutatorian Jarred Leon Guerrero led the Firefighter’s prayer.

Guam’s new firefighetrs are:

  • Darren Apiag II
  • Benjamin Arceo
  • Roy Michael Candaso 
  • John Chargualaf
  • Clint Cruz
  • Jason Cruz
  • Andrew Escamilla
  • Patrick Toby Flores
  • Christopher Anthony Florig
  • Timothy Gerard Francisco Jr.
  • Jacob Garrido
  • Nicolas Garrido
  • Andrew Lee
  • Jarred Leon Guerrero
  • Wayne Mantanane
  • Ramon Munoz Jr.
  • Jason Pablo
  • Roy Pablo
  • James Pangelinan
  • Joshua James Perez
  • Mark Perez
  • Charles Pinaula
  • Paul Sablan
  • Brandon Sanchez
  • Brian Torres
  • Nathan Torres    

READ the release from the Governor’s Office below:

“Saving lives is an honor few are entrusted.  As a former public safety officer, I know the challenges and honor that come with the badge. Governor Calvo and I are proud to welcome 26 new fire fighters, sworn to protect and save Guamanians’ lives.  They join a special family of men and women in our public safety sector who bravely and selflessly ensure the safety of our people.” – Acting Governor Ray Tenorio

GFD Swear-in 26 Fire Recruits
This morning, the Guam Fire Department swore-in 26 new firefighters. These firefighters completed their training in firefighting, handling hazardous materials, emergency medical services, and water rescue skills. They are now certified to protect and save lives.

First fire cycle to achieve ProBoard certification
The firefighters of the 20th fire cycle are the first to graduate with ProBoard certification in Hazardous Material Awareness, Haz-Mat Operations, Firefighter I, and Firefighter II. ProBoard certification is an international standard used to certify fire safety officials. In the past, firefighters who wished to be ProBoard certified pursued certification outside of the department.

New firefighters will alleviate manpower shortage
Governor Calvo prioritized hiring these firefighters in FY 2013’s budget. They will alleviate the manpower shortage GFD faced after firefighters retired over the years.