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Tallahassee Fire Academy to complete its 14th Firefighter Recruit Class, American Red Cross names room in Academy’s honor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (December 09, 2013) - Tallahassee Community College will complete its 14th Firefighter Recruit Class (FRC #014) on December 12, 2013.

This major milestone is the result of a continuing partnership between TCC’s Florida Public Safety Institute and the City of Tallahassee’s Fire Department.

Since May 2007, the Fire Academy has offered the knowledge and skills necessary for an individual to successfully complete the state examination and become a certified professional firefighter in Florida.

In addition to 450 hours of firefighting course work, Tallahassee Fire Academy students also learn the importance of giving back to the community.

“We require the students to develop a community service project in order to instill a strong sense of servant leadership and civic responsibility,” said Melvin Stone, Tallahassee Fire Academy director. “The project reinforces the meaning of community involvement, raises awareness regarding those who are less fortunate, and allows recruits to be actively engaged in a humanitarian initiative.”

Under Stone’s leadership, each class organizes a project to raise money to present to a local charity of their choosing. The students in FRC #014 decided to hold a car wash to support the American Red Cross due to the many recent disasters the organization has responded to.

“People count on the Red Cross to help them in their darkest hour. In turn, the support of donors makes it possible for the Red Cross to fulfill its humanitarian mission,” said Stone.

On December 10, 2013 at 4 p.m. at 1115 Easterwood Drive in Tallahassee, the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will celebrate the naming of their media room in honor of the Tallahassee Fire Academy. Students will present the $2,200 they raised and will be presented with a plaque.

For more information, contact the Melvin Stone by phone (850) 558-4366 or e-mail To learn more about the program, visit the Fire Academy Web site.

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