Tallahassee Fire Academy Graduates Give Back To The Community

By: Press Release Email
By: Press Release Email

Press Release from Tallahassee Community College

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (December 18, 2009) – The Tallahassee Fire Academy graduated its sixth class on December 1. In addition to 450 hours of course work, the 29 students also learned the importance of giving back to the community.

Under the leadership of Tallahassee Fire Academy Director Melvin Stone, each class is required to organize a class project in which it raises money to present to different charities in the community. Class officers decide on a community service project and, while Stone serves as a guide throughout the project, the students have final say in what the fundraising event will be and where the proceeds will go.

“We ask the students to develop a community service project in order to instill a strong sense of civic responsibility,” said Stone. “The project reinforces the meaning of community involvement, raises awareness regarding those who are less fortunate and it allows them to be part of the humanitarian effort.”

Fire Academy Class 006 students raised $1,500 during a car wash in October, which they presented to a pair of recipients. The Tallahassee Community College Foundation received $1250 for the Chief Melvin Stone Scholarship Fund, which supports future students wishing to attend the Tallahassee Fire Academy. The remaining $250 was presented to the North Florida Burn Camp/Camp Amigo.

Class 006 graduates are also awaiting final results from the state examination. According to Stone, Class 006 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the practical examination, the more difficult of the two-part exam.

“We don’t take it (the practical exam) lightly because the students are tested on some very difficult processes,” said Stone.

This marks the Academy’s third class to achieve a 100 percent pass rate on the practical exam, which has catapulted the Tallahassee Fire Academy into the upper echelon of the 32 academies in the state of Florida.

Results from the written exam will be available later this month.

Fire Academy Class 006 officers are: Brandon Jones, President; Eric Jackson, Secretary/Treasurer; and Charlie Sanders, Sergeant at Arms.

Sanders and Todd Inserra received the Top Academic Award – the first time in the history of the Tallahassee Fire Academy that two students received the award. Sanders also received the Isaac Royal Memorial Award, an award given in honor of former firefighter Isaac Royal, who died in 1981 at the age of 26. The award recognizes the firefighter recruit who best builds, mobilizes and unifies people. Albert “Kyle” Pace received the Leadership Award.

Fire Academy Class 007 begins January 11. Students are now applying for Class 008, scheduled to begin in July.

For more information, contact Melvin Stone by phone, (850) 201-7000 or email stoneme@tcc.fl.edu.

Tallahassee Fire Academy Class 006

John T. Aldridge
Joshua K. Barfield
Charles S. Bass
Graham B. Culbertson*
Samuel Dennis
Christopher A. Drifke
James R. Ervin
Chandler H. Evans
Robert E. Gentry
Christopher L. Hunt
Todd M. Inserra
Eric W. Jackson
Dicarrio D. Jenkins
Brandon M. Jones
Benjamin J. Layne
Douglas A. McCulley
Vladimir W. Merelan
Albert K. Pace*
Ashley K. Pownal*
Daniel P. Pumar
Arlen J. Ross
Charlie B. Sanders*
Kyle T. Shank*
Jeremy D. Spradley
Joshua B. Stubbs*
Travis A. Thomas
Robert W. Trammell
William R. Uicker
Dale Washington
*denotes Squad Leader

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