Recruits Representing Eight Tennessee Fire Departments Graduate From Fire Academy

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 01:35pm

BELL BUCKLE, TENN. – Nineteen firefighter recruits from eight fire departments across Tennessee will graduate at 9 a.m. April 17, 2015 from the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy (TFSCEA).

Friday’s graduating class is the 33rd to complete the Recruit Firefighter class since TFSCEA opened in its Bedford County location in 2001.These students have performed a variety of training exercises such as victim rescue, hazardous fuel spills and multiple live fire simulations.

In addition to classroom training situations, this class faced weather challenges due to February’s winter storm. While the hazardous winter weather forced students to miss a week of classroom and drill field practice, they ultimately completed courses and homework assignments using online tools and monitoring from instructors. They later moved to the drill field to demonstrate to the instructors what they had learn while off campus.

Fire departments represented in the graduating class include:

  • Humboldt Fire Department
  • Lebanon Fire Department
  • Loudon Fire Department
  • Manchester Fire Department
  • Martin Fire Department
  • Paris Fire Department
  • Smyrna Fire Department
  • Williamson County Rescue Squad

The 20-person class contains one “open enrollee” student. This student is not presently affiliated with a fire department but is planning a career in the fire and emergency services field.

A representative from the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce will make a presentation of a “Challenge Coin” to each graduating student during the graduation ceremony.


About the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy: Located on 330 acres in northern Bedford County, the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement  Academy prepares first responders for situations they will commonly face using ‘live’ simulations and training exercises. The academy provides nearly 500 courses annually to fire departments, codes professionals and other emergency response agencies throughout the state.

About the Department of Commerce and Insurance: The state Department of Commerce and Insurance is a diverse entity of six divisions charged with protecting the interests of consumers while providing fair, efficient oversight and a level field of competition for a broad array of industries and professionals doing business in Tennessee. Our divisions include the Division of Consumer Affairs, the Division of Insurance, the Division of Securities, the Division of TennCare Oversight, the Division of Fire Prevention and the Division of Regulatory Boards.