Kent-based Puget Sound Fire is getting closer to its allotted number of firefighters as 15 recruits recently finished training.
The agency is budgeted for 232 in operations and the new hires puts the number of firefighters at 222, according to a May 26 email from Puget Sound Fire spokesperson Pat Pawlak. The agency employs more than 300, counting civilian and other uniformed employees.
The 15 firefighters completed the 20-week course at the South King County Fire Training Consortium recruit academy in Kent. They received several certificates, including their International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) firefighter I, IFSAC firefighter II and their emergency medical technician certificates. Other agencies that had firefighters at the academy included King County Fire District 2, King County Sheriff’s Office Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighter Unit, Mountain View Fire & Rescue and the Renton Regional Fire Authority. Those departments had a total of 10 graduates.