Close to 30 Dutchess County Volunteer Firefighters Recognized by NYS Office of Fire and Prevention Control

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Poughkeepsie…Twenty-nine Dutchess County volunteer firefighters, representing 12 local fire departments, were recognized last night by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control at a graduation ceremony held at Dutchess Community College in the Town of Poughkeepsie.  The firefighters, ranging in age from 16 to 50 years old, completed the spring 2016 Firefighter I program, a basic training course for new volunteer firefighters in New York State. The part-time program consists of 35 separate sessions, totaling 104 hours of training over a three-month period.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “I join with our Department of Emergency Response, the training instructors, participating fire departments, and friends and family, in congratulating the most recent graduates of the Firefighter I program. Dutchess County’s 29 newest firefighters will undoubtedly sacrifice time away from their families and loved ones as part of their service to the residents of Dutchess County. We extend our thanks and gratitude to these brave men and women for choosing the road less traveled in order to safeguard and protect our community.”

The Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response coordinates firefighter training programs on behalf of New York State and ensures the use of appropriate training facilities and administrative functions associated with the trainings.

“I commend our most recent graduates of the Firefighter I training program and their instructors. These brave men and women are the ones that will answer the call of duty to rescue others from a burning building and provide life-saving services during emergencies. We thank you for your commitment and dedication to your community,” said Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Response Dana Smith.


Graduates                                           Fire Department

Peter Knickerbocker                       Arlington

Joseph Ramos                                   Arlington

Arthur Seckler                                   Chelsea

Michael Cicero                                  East Fishkill

Aaron Emmett                                   East Fishkill

Anthony Federici                              East Fishkill

Peter Lacalamita                               East Fishkill

Joseph Oakes                                    East Fishkill

Matthew Segnit                                East Fishkill

Stephen Storms                                East Fishkill

Jason Velez                                         East Fishkill

Mason Werner                                  East Fishkill

Michael Acosta                                 Hughsonville

Matthew Messina                           Hughsonville

Andrew Heaney                                Millbrook

Timothy Race                                     Millbrook

Philippe Afron                                   New Hamburg

Kenneth Bastian                               Pleasant Valley

Taylor Craig                                         Pleasant Valley

William Littman                                Pleasant Valley

Trevor Owen                                      Pleasant Valley

Donna Cisek                                       Roosevelt

Brad Goldhammer                           Roosevelt

Samantha Lowe                                Roosevelt

Andrew McArthur                           Village of Fishkill

Joseph Krieger                                  Wappingers

Kayla Jaouen                                      Wassaic

James Valentine                               Wassaic

Joshua Martin                                    West Clinton