Posted by Charles Gazaway - email
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The largest class of Louisville firefighters graduated Friday morning after months of training.
The class, one of the most diverse to ever graduate, started with 40 recruits. 39 of them graduated. 38 of the new firefighters will work for Louisville Fire and Rescue; one will head to the Shively Fire Department.
"It only requires a high school diploma, therefore a lot of people are eligible to apply therefore," said Glenn Belew, one of the graduating recruits. "A lot of people want to do it. There's a lot of stability in it and it's a career with great benefits and great pension."
The recruit class trained for 25 weeks. In addition to learning to fight fires, all of them became emergency medical technicians.
This was the 180th recruit class for Louisville Fire and Rescue which is the third oldest paid fire department in the country.