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Experienced firefighters join the service in new accelerated orientation program

On Friday, July 8, Macon-Bibb County Fire Chief Shane Edwards welcomed five new firefighters to the fire department in a ceremony. These five new firefighters have undergone a new accelerated training set up at the request of Mayor Lester Miller and designed by Chief Edwards.

“This new process allows firefighters from other agencies who already have training and experience to get into a firehouse faster and start protecting our community,” said Chief Edwards. “It also allows us to bring experienced firefighters and officers into our ranks, strengthening our fire station teams.”

“We knew we had immediate vacancies in our fire department and that we could attract experienced firefighters to our ranks if we didn’t require them to start training again as if they were brand new,” said Mayor Miller.

Firefighters who go through this expedited process are already state and NPQ certified firefighters. During their Macon-Bibb County orientation, they learn department policies and procedures, are exposed to its customer orientation, and are tested on their skills.

“As well as making us more marketable to trained and experienced firefighters, it also saves our department money because they don’t need the full three-month training program,” adds Chief Edwards.

This is the second time accelerated firefighters have joined the ranks of the Department. Two were sworn in as part of a larger class of new recruits in September 2021.