NEWBURGH – Twelve new recruits graduated from the Newburgh Fire Academy in addition to two firefighters from Middletown. Newburgh Fire Chief Michael Vatter, Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy, and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) presided over a graduation ceremony for a new class of firefighters in Newburgh. Graduates worked 520 hours and received training in rescue, fire extinguishment, hazardous materials response, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, electrical safety, and care of hoses, ladders and other equipment.
"After months of intense and challenging training, we have fourteen new heroes ready to put their lives on the line to protect our families, homes, and businesses," said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. "Working step-by-step with Newburgh Fire Department, we cut through red tape and secured this strategic investment that not only creates jobs, but adds valuable personnel to make our community safer."
"I would like to thank Congressman Maloney for his assistance in obtaining this grant which has made it possible to increase our contingent of firefighters. I would also like to congratulate the firefighters on their hard work and perseverance, and thank them for their willingness to serve the people of the City of Newburgh," said Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy.
"In an age of cuts, the Newburgh Fire Department is pleased to have a Congressman who is willing to fight for us. Because Representative Maloney refused to take no as an answer, our new firefighters will be on the job improving safety," said Chief Michael Vatter, Newburgh Fire Department. "We appreciate Representative Maloney supporting our programs to build successful firefighters."
The graduates for the Newburgh Fire Department include: Christopher Bailey, James McGoldrick, Michael Boadi, Justin Myers, Jordan Cichy, Giovanni Nunez, Cristopher DiazJose Palomino, Octavius Fraser, William Quintero, Kevin Jowell and Marquis Taylor. The graduates for the Middletown Fire Department include: Luke Lyons and Joel Sierra.
Earlier this year, Rep. Maloney secured an investment for $2,400,000 to hire new firefighters through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). Although their grant application was initially denied, Rep. Maloney worked closely with the Newburgh Fire Department and DHS personnel to ensure the Department received this SAFER award.