Orange County hosts Firefighter 1 Graduation

GOSHEN. Graduating class includes 31 men and women from 16 fire departments.

02 Aug 2019 | 03:39

Orange County hosted a Firefighter 1 graduation ceremony on Thursday, July 25th at the County’s Emergency Services Center in Goshen.

“We are proud of this year’s Firefighter 1 class and the commitment they have made to their communities,” said Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus, a past graduate of the County’s Fire Training Program. “I commend the graduates, along with the training instructors, participating fire departments, and their friends and families on this impressive achievement. The commitment to public service made by these brave men and women is admirable.”

This year’s Firefighter 1 graduating class included 31 men and women from the following fire departments: Bullville, Chester, Circleville, Florida, Greenwood Lake, Huguenot, Johnson, Middle Hope, Middletown, Monroe, New Hampton, Salisbury Mills, Tuxedo, Vails Gate, Warwick and Washingtonville.

Firefighter 1 is a comprehensive and intensive introductory course required to become an Interior Firefighter.

The course is comprised of 129 classroom hours and additional take home assignments. Courses were taught by Orange County Fire Instructors at the County’s Fire Training Center in New Hampton and also entailed lectures and hands on training sessions.

“We are proud of this year’s Firefighter 1 class and the commitment they have made to their communities,” Deputy Commissioner of Fire Services Vini Tankasali said. “It takes much dedication and effort to become a firefighter and the completion of this course illustrates the commitment and selfless dedication of each of the graduates to their communities throughout the county. ”

Residents interested in becoming volunteer firefighters, can contact the County’s Division of Fire Services at

Orange County Firefighter 1 Graduates July 2019Andrew Maloy, Bullville FDOren Wolff, Chester FDJennifer Racite, Cornwall FDMichele Coleman, Florida FDKailin Kovatch, Florida FDMichael Ossentjuk, Florida FDAndrew Sanchez, Florida FDJack Gardiner, Florida FDConnor Plocharczyk, Florida FDBrendan Kolesar, Greenwood Lake FDJustin Gibbs, Huguenot FDAndrew Cross, Johnson FDShawn Babcock, Johnson FDZach Chanowsky, Middle Hope FDShaquan Marlow, Middletown FDJames Campbell, Monroe FDJoseph Ferraro, Monroe FDCameron Gomas, Monroe FDPaul Linderman Jr. Monroe FDDaniel Lombino, Monroe FDDevin Dean, New Hampton FDDavid De La Cruz, Salisbury Mills FDEric Diaz, Tuxedo FDNelson Pereira, Tuxedo FDDarren Reid, Tuxedo FDRobert Clarke, Tuxedo FDMadeline Stromberg, Tuxedo FDTyler Dineen, Vails Gate FDKevin Martinez, Vails Gate FDRobert Pappas Jr., Warwick FDRussell Leiter, Washingtonville FD