Two firefighters graduate academy |

Two firefighters graduate academy

Staff Reports
East Fork Fire Capt. John Brawley, District Board President Bernard Curtis, graduating firefighters Mitchell Hammond and Matt Galas, Board Secretary Barbara Griffin, Board member Ken Garber and Chief Tod Carlini. Brawley served as the District Academy Training Officer.
Special to The R-C

Two new East Fork firefighters graduated from the 12-week Regional Training Academy on June 15, according to the East Fork Fire Protection District.

Firefighter-EMT Matt Galas and Firefighter-Paramedic Mitchell Hammond successfully completed a demanding training academy along with several other firefighters from five other agencies.

Agencies including Truckee Meadows, Carson City, Central Lyon and North Lake Tahoe all had recruits in the fire academy, which was hosted by Carson City.

Through the 12-week program, the recruits train for all necessary skills the recruits will need once they enter the fire service.

In addition to classroom training, the recruits put their lessons to work training with real fire, equipment and vehicles so they’re fully aware of what to expect outside of the academy.

The East Fork has participated in both the regional recruitment and training program for the past three years.

“The camaraderie is the best, I played sports and I am used to having that brotherhood and this is an extension of what I have been doing my whole life,” Galas told the Nevada Appeal. “We joke around and make fun but that has been one of the best parts.”

Galas and Hammond will participate in an 80-hour district orientation program before being assigned to a shift and station.

“As the district continues to see increases in service demands and with future retirements, it will continue to see a need for additional personnel, both in new positions and replacement positions,” said East Fork Chief Tod Carlini.

Carlini said the district is currently awaiting news of a Staffing For Adequate Emergency Response grant application which would allow the East Fork to hire five additional personnel.

The SAFER grant covers 60 percent of the cost of the new positions over a three-year period.

The district has also budgeted funds for three more additional positions, independent of the grant.

“Both new employees are excited to get work and start serving the community,” stated District Chief Tod Carlini. “I am very proud of both the fine young men.”