Colorado Mountain College Fire Academy Graduation
On May 6th, 2023 the Colorado Mountain College in conjunction with the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, Roaring Fork Fire Rescue Authority, and Aspen Fire Protection District held their spring graduation ceremony at the Carbondale Fire District Headquarters. 18 students representing the four fire departments spent 12-weeks training to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control Firefighter 1 JPR standards. Students learned fire attack, overhaul, hose deployment, hazmat, and most importantly, how to work as a team. Several students are employed full-time by departments under the condition that they finish their certifications and others expect to have job offers in the coming months. Students will roll into hazmat where they will take their practical May 20th, 2023. Graduates represented Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Carbondale, and Roaring Fork Fire Rescue as volunteers, part-time firefighters, and career firefighters. Speakers included lead instructor Battalion Chief Hostetler from GSFD, Training Chief Arthur from Aspen, and David Hickel, Associate Professor for Fire & EMS.