County welcomes 15 new fire fighters

NORWICH – Fifteen graduates of the state Fire Fighter One course were honored Wednesday during a ceremony at the county’s Public Safety Building.

The graduates, representing 10 local volunteer departments, completed 86 hours of basic skills training that included structure fire and hazardous material containment. The course was administered by the Chenango County Fire Bureau.

“All these students are becoming involved in a brotherhood unique to our service,” said class Instructor Duane Pierce, a member of the Greene Fire Department. “There’s a bond... A bond that’s nonexistent in other professions.”

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