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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the program, visit the Fire Academy Web site.