CMC Rifle first Fire Academy to graduate this May |

CMC Rifle first Fire Academy to graduate this May

Colorado Mountain College’s Rifle campus will celebrate its inaugural Fire Academy I graduating class of nine this May, after a partnership with the Garfield Fire Training Consortium. The Fire Academy I certification program prepares cadets with the fundamental skills and experience to pursue entry-level fire service positions.

The class has participated in live fire training courses, alongside area fire departments, for the past several weeks. All of the lead instructors and fire science technician staff are CMC employees as well as employees with local fire departments.

On April 2, the academy spent the evening at the Glenwood Springs Fire Department training facility near the municipal airport. They trained for the scenario of a structure fire, learning basic firefighting methods conducted in a safe manner.

“It’s a pretty exciting thing for all of us,” said Denny Hostetler, who is a lead instructor for the program, and a lieutenant with the Glenwood Springs Fire Department.

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