ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More than a dozen men and women begin their careers as Albany firefighters. Within a couple of hours, some of those men and women will work at stations throughout the county to serve and protect our community.
15 men and women embark on new chapters in their lives as family members pin Albany Fire Department badges onto their new uniforms.
"I'm feeling really good, feel really successful," said Richard Lynn, Albany Firefighter.
Hard work is why these recruits rose to the top out of 165 applicants.
"These guys were hard workers," said Training Lieutenant Ronnie Polite. "They went through an interview with the chief and the chief picked these 15 out and he picked 15 of the best."
To get to this point, each firefighter went through ten weeks of intense training.
"Training was amazing, I learned a lot of stuff that I didn't know that I thought I knew," said Lynn. "I had been part time here right at two years."
Lieutenant Polite says to be a firefighter you must have courage and never stop learning.
"Don't stop learning just because you just got out of training, but maintain it and when you get on line learn more," said Lt. Polite.
Lynn says he's prepared for his first day of work.
"I met my other firefighters and they are really awesome people," said Lynn. "I'm just excited to get back on the truck and start working."
The new firefighters will all report for their first shifts Saturday August, 30th through Monday September,1st.