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The TN Fire and Codes Academy congratulates 32 fire departments for their commitment to continuing education

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 08:35am
NASHVILLE, TN – Once a year the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy (TFACA) recognizes fire departments, both career and volunteer, who have excelled in their commitment to training.  The Elite Club of Fire Departments annual list celebrates Tennessee fire departments that have made a commitment to continuing education and enrolled their staff in classes such as Officer Development, Driver Operator, Emergency Response to Aircraft/Airfield Incidents and Technical Rope Rescue Operations. 
At the 2012-2013 Annual Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association Conference 32 fire departments were recognized by TFACA for their extraordinary efforts in training and education. The top four fire departments recognized had more than 4,000 hours documented. The top department, Bradley County Fire Department, documented 18,900 training hours.
“The entire team with the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy appreciates the hard work of these departments,” said Executive Director Roger Hawks. “We consider it an honor and privilege to play a vital role in training firefighters across the state.  The investment these departments made this year in training their staff displays their commitment to providing the best service for communities in Tennessee.”
This year’s Elite Club of Fire Departments inductees are:
Platinum Level
Bradley County Fire Department 18,900 hours
Rural/ Metro Fire Department 6,864 hours
Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue 4,550 hours
McMinnville Fire Department 4,019 hours
Gold Level
Lebanon Fire Department 3,308 hours
Rutherford County Fire & Rescue 3,222 hours
Morristown Fire Department 3,054 hours
Nashville Fire Department 2,985 hours
Johnson City Fire Department 2,938 hours
Putnam County Volunteer Fire Department 2,436 hours
DeKalb County Fire Department 2,377 hours
Wilson County EMA 2,234 hours
Hendersonville Fire Department 2,223 hours
Gallatin Fire Department 2,183 hours
Hardin County Fire Department 2,011 hours
Silver Level
Elizabethton Fire Department 1,874 hours
Jefferson City Fire Department 1,821 hours
Athens Fire Department 1,859 hours
Cookeville Fire Department 1,857 hours
Milan Fire Department 1,709 hours
Cumberland County Fire Department 1,600 hours
Germantown Fire Department 1,521 hours
Clarksville Fire & Rescue 1,508 hours
Shelbyville Fire Department 1,486 hours
Selmer Fire Department 1,427 hours
Greeneville Fire Department 1,303 hours
Blount County Fire Department 1,281 hours
Humboldt Fire Department 1,216 hours
McMinn County Rural Fire Department 1,120 hours
Cocke County Fire Department 1,059 hours
Rhea County Fire Department 1,028 hours
Smyrna Fire Department 1,025 hours
The Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy is a state-of-the-art training facility located on 330 acres in Bell Buckle, TN. The Academy’s unique dual curriculum of fire service and codes enforcement training is a combination found nowhere else in the country. Fire service students have the opportunity to train in a computer-controlled, six-story burn tower with propane-ignited fire props that aid in teaching fire suppression techniques for various building types, including theaters, offices and hotels. The academy also includes a hands-on training center with specialized laboratories, modern classrooms, a research library, a mock courtroom and a three-bay fire station for up to 24 recruit firefighters to live during training. 
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