On Monday, Sept. 19, nine firefighters will begin serving Elk Grove, Galt, and surrounding communities after graduating from the Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department Lateral Academy on Sept. 15.
The firefighter/paramedics and firefighter/EMTs will help fill two dozen vacancies the department is currently facing.
“As soon as these nine firefighters hit the line, they will significantly help our department meet the demands of our growing community,” said Cosumnes Fire Chief Felipe Rodríguez. “The addition is timely as our department is projected to respond to a record number of service calls this year.”
From July 2021 through June 2022, the department responded to a total of 24,310 incidents which was 3,000 more incidents than the same period the year before. As the total call volume continues to rise year after year, the department is projecting to respond to over 26,000 incidents in this next fiscal year.
While a standard entry-level fire academy employs paramedics and EMTs who are pursuing a career in the fire service, every recruit at this Cosumnes Fire lateral academy arrived with extensive experience working in the fire service and emergency medical field as a firefighter/paramedic or firefighter/EMT.
But they still had to endure a rigorous testing and evaluation process to prove they could meet the department’s high standards.
The 9-week program held at the state-accredited Cosumnes Fire Training Facility in Elk Grove included physical fitness training, firefighting and emergency medical skills, and numerous exams. All nine of the recruits successfully completed the program and are ready to serve their community in time of need.
“We are proud to welcome these experienced firefighters to our public safety team,” said Chief Rodríguez. “In the coming weeks, they will provide immediate relief to our hard-working personnel. Throughout their career with Cosumnes Fire, their dedicated service will help strengthen and safeguard our community for years to come.”
The newest firefighters will report for duty starting on Sept. 19 at fire stations across the district.
The department’s next entry-level fire academy for the remaining vacant positions is planned to begin in October.