Calling them “examples of the best of Bermuda”, National Security Minister Wayne Caines, welcomed five new firefighters to the ranks of the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service (BFRS).
After a 25-week training course conducted both locally and in the US, Mahkye Steede, Jordan Govia, Amani Wears, Christopher Clarke Jr and Matthew Mills, “passed out” before a gathering of family, friends and fellow officers yesterday.
Firefighter Mills was recognized as ‘Most Outstanding Recruit’.
Minister Caines told the new firefighters that their entry into the BFRS was a most welcomed addition, and that the men had distinguished themselves by making the choice to serve, committing to completing the course of study and by looking out for each other.
The Minister also recognized the sacrifice of the families who had supported the men through the arduous course. The BFRS Training Team was led by Divisional Officer Troy Furbert and Lt Raymond Masters.
Yesterday’s ceremony also featured an inspection of the recruits by the Minister and Chief Fire Officer Reginald Burchall.
Reflecting on the event, Minister Caines said: “A career in the BFRS is a sound choice and it was inspiring to witness the fulfillment of the goals of these Bermudian men.
“The team were recognized as more than equals on the international training stage and this speaks volumes about their abilities and the diligence of the training team in instructing them.”
Said Mr Caines: “This was a proud day for Bermuda.”
- Photos Courtesy of DCI