Fire Department Promotes Personnel, Welcomes New Firefighters and Graduates Recruit Class

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In a ceremony held Friday, Oct. 11, the Forsyth County Fire Department
promoted six personnel, swore in nine firefighters and graduated its newest recruit class. Family, friends and Fire Department staff attended the ceremony held at Mountain Lake Church.

In the promotional portion of the event, the following members of the department were formally promoted to new positions:

• Fire Instructor Ronald Greame Fagan was promoted to division chief of operations

• Jason Thomas Stover was promoted to division chief fire marshal

• Fire Lieutenant Keith Andrew Pertschi was promoted to chief of training

• Fire Lieutenant William Marion Raines was promoted to battalion chief

• Fire Apparatus Operator John Shaw Allen was promoted to fire lieutenant

• Fire Apparatus Operator Kevin Badley Lindsey was promoted to fire lieutenant

In the recruiting class graduation portion of the ceremony, 25 recruits officially became Forsyth County firefighters. The recruits had just completed 18 weeks of intense firefighter training which included
instruction on structural fire control, interior search and rescue, flammable and combustible liquids fire control, pressurized container fire control, fire hose testing, truck and engine company operations,
hazardous materials awareness and operations, vehicle extrication, public utilities gas/electric safety and terrorism awareness.

In total, each recruit completed more than 640 hours of certified fire training. Following the fire school portion of their training, the recruits then completed 18 weeks of emergency medical technician, or EMT, training. During the EMT school portion, each recruit completed a total of 720 hours of EMT classroom and clinical instruction. All became certified as nationally registered EMTs.

Those graduates were:
• Nicholas Coleman Adams
• Brandon Craig Bell
• Logan Blair Carter
• Nicholas Matthew Collins
• Carson Lee Cranford
• Jason Richard Davis
• Daniel Stephen Delashmit
• Troy Daniel Doyle
• Robert Isaac Enright
• Charles Daniel Farmer
• Mark Patrick Francis
• Andrew Blake Gaddis
• Kyle Matthew Horton
• Daniel James Kastner
• Donovan Kane King
• Jared Ingram McCall
• Corey Michael McNabb
• Melvin Shane Murphy
• Jonathan Ryan Parker
• Vino Brando Ramgopal
• Kenneth Lamar Robinson
• Lee Michael Romaniw
• Alexander Neal Strickland
• Jack Lee Tribble III
• Nicholas James Turner

“We are pleased to welcome these new members of the Forsyth County Fire Department family and applaud those receiving promotions for a job well done,” said Fire Chief Barry Head. “Each promotion ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to spotlight the brave men and women who serve our communities.”

In the swearing-in portion of the ceremony, nine firefighters new to the county officially became Forsyth County firefighters:
• John Christian Bowman
• Joseph Julius Catalioti
• Michael Raymond Flanagan
• Adam Bradey Gilreath
• Zachary Michael Petty
• John Elijah Kesting
• Matthew Scott Satterfield
• Marlin Eugene Thompson
• Jacob Logan Wray

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