23 graduate from county Fall 2023 Fire 1 Academy

The Fall 2023 Fire 1 Academy Class.

On Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 23 dedicated first responders, representing 14 first responder agencies graduated from the Chester County Department of Emergency Services (CCDES) Fall 2023 Fire 1 Academy, class #2391013. These students spent 188 hours (19 weeknights and 18 weekends) starting on September 6, 2023, at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus (PSTC) learning the knowledge and skills needed to safely and effectively fulfill the duties of being a firefighter.

This year’s Guest Speaker was Chief Mike Risell, Upper Providence Township Fire and Emergency Services, Montgomery County.

The Firefighter 1 course develops an atmosphere of teamwork, self-discipline, respect, and a sense of duty to the fire service and the graduates’ communities. Having 23 newly trained and certified Firefighters serving the Chester County community in a time when staffing, recruitment, and retention are challenging is a tremendous accomplishment and something to be proud of.

List of Graduates and Fire Companies:

      • East Brandywine Fire Company – Andrew Colon and Malik Moody.
      • Fame Fire Company – Mason Stroop.
      • Goshen Fire Company – Jake Perkins, Sheily Seijo and Kyle Smith.
      • Kimberton Fire Company – David Sabo.
      • Lionville Fire Company – Thomas Baylis, Andrew Bucklin and Evan Hogarth.
      • Longwood Fire Company – Daniel Kunzig.
      • Ludwigs Corner Fire Company – Michael Eachus and Ryan Hendricks
      • Minquas Fire Company – Sean Cooper and Eric Evans.
      • Norco Fire Company – Nicole Coretti.
      • Paoli Fire Company – Malcolm Brown, Annemarie Patton and Christine Riggs.
      • Sadsburyville Fire Company – George Castro.
      • Thorndale Fire Company – Lia Reazer
      • Twin Valley Fire Department – Joshua Joyce
      • West Bradford Fire Company – Benjamin Steinman
  • Benjamin Steinman, West Bradford Fire Company, was chosen by the class instructors as Class Spokesperson
  • Annemarie Patton, Paoli Fire Company, was chosen by her classmates as Class Cadet.  Annemarie is the mother of County Assistant Fire Marshal, Randall Patton
  • Nicole Coretti, Norco Fire Company, is also an Emergency Services Telecommunicator 3
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