SUPPORT THIS INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM
The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories. We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community. Journalism requires lots of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why The Capistrano Dispatch is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here. Thank you.
After 16 weeks of arduous training, a total of 36 firefighters graduated from Orange County Fire Authority Academy 47 on Wednesday, June 5.
The recruits entered the Irvine ceremony at the Orange County Fire Authority Regional Fire Operations and Training Center Drill Tower 1 and walked away as sworn probationary firefighters.
Among the graduates were three former U.S. Marines. One retired as a Sergeant Major after a 26-year career, and another did three combat tours. A third graduate followed his grandfather’s career by serving in the military and then becoming a firefighter.
In addition to the swearing-in ceremony, the graduation included fire and skill demonstrations by OCFA’s newest firefighters. Following graduation, the new probationary firefighters will be stationed throughout Orange County, where they will continue to train and test for the next year.