On Friday, May 10, 2019, the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services welcomed 22 new members to the Department. The ceremony for Recruit Class 24 was held at the Frederick High School Auditorium.
The 28-week academy began on October 29, 2018. The firefighters participated in over 800 hours of coursework which included: Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Vehicle Operator, Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Operations, Rescue Technician - Site Operations and Vehicle Machinery Rescue, Firefighter Safety and Survival, Truck Company Operations and Child Passenger Safety Technician. Recruit Class 24’s class valedictorian is Glen Lang. Taylor averaged a 91.82% on his academics. The class average was 85.15%. RC24 also enjoyed participating in physical fitness activities. The class collectively lost 169 pounds throughout the academy. Class physical training scores increased an average of 29% per recruit from their initial fitness test scoring.
The class motto was “Prove It," which represents 22 well-trained, disciplined firefighters of high moral character that are knowledgeable and capable of making sound, educated decisions in their professional and personal lives and recognize the importance of working in unison in order to achieve an objective. RC24 is comprised of individuals with varying previous work experience from a hotel concierge, to a disc jockey, to a pig farmer. Five members are prior military, representing all branches. Of the five, two are combat veterans doing a tour in the Persian Gulf and Ramadi Iraq.
The class was led by Platoon Leader Marc Hoffman and Squad Leaders: Alexander Carnathan, Danny Hartlaub, Derek Spielman, and Daniel Rose. Recruit Class 24 members are: Alexander Carnathan, Chris Chaney, Trevor Duehring, James Ellison, Thomas Fuller, Danny Hartlaub, Timothy Hill, Marc Hoffman, Zackery Kane, Jonathan Kelly, Glen Lang, Cory Lease, Austin Little, Connor Martin, Brady McCartin, Danny Morlen, Zak Persing, Christopher Pyles, Anthony Rizoulis, Daniel Rose, Justin Rose, Derek Spielman.
The Recruit Class Commander was Lieutenant Dan Winters. The training academy is managed by Battalion Chief Lenne Stolberg, Captains Jon Newman and Kathleen Harne. Thanks to the many instructors who helped make Recruit Class 24 a success!