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2017 Maple Grove Recruits Finish Fire Academy

Jun 29, 2017 08:46AM ● By Wendy Erlien

2017 Maple Grove Apprentice Firefighters with Chief Scott Anderson and Deputy Chief Tim Bush. Left to right: Mark Watson, Ryan Christenson, Lukas Churchill, Eric Grant, Tom Firestone, Russ Commers, Rob Newman, Allen Meyer, Melissa Kilgard, Chris Jansen, Jeff Osberg, Chief Scott Anderson, Deputy Chief Tim Bush. Not pictured, Yegor Rybachenok and Mike Landstad. (Photo provided by Maple Grove Fire Department)

Information provided by Maple Grove Fire Department

Thirteen new Maple Grove Firefighters recently completed their initial firefighter training.

Seven firefighters completed 20 weeks of classes and training in the evening through the West Suburban Fire Academy. Six firefighters completed their training during the day through the Maple Grove Fire Department. In addition, the group attended Saturday training sessions with live fire and state certification test.

“We have lead instructors that are truly subject matter experts in the topics they teach. This allows students to learn from the experience of senior firefighters and fire officers,” Deputy Fire Chief Tim Bush said.

The West Suburban Fire Academy is a shared services effort with primary sponsorship shared by Golden Valley, Maple Grove, Plymouth, and the West Metro Fire Rescue District.

Most of Maple Grove’s nearly 100 firefighters have full-time jobs and serve their community as part-time firefighters – responding to fires, motor vehicles accidents, and other emergencies.

“We’ve found that people are often interested in serving their community, but don’t always realize that they can become firefighters without experience or training prior to joining,” Bush said. “As long as they live within Maple Grove or very close to one of our fire stations, we can provide firefighter and emergency medical training after a recruit is hired.”

The Maple Grove Fire Department has day and evening responder openings available, with the biggest challenge in finding daytime responders.

“We need to find the people that are home during the daytime and can respond quickly if we have an emergency in the city. We’ll train you and we’ll challenge you and we’ll keep it fun,” Maple Grove Fire Chief Scott Anderson said.

Maple Grove is currently searching for the next group of new Maple Grove Firefighters. Applications are being accepted through Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. 

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