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Four SRPMIC Firefighters Graduate From Phoenix Fire Department Recruit Academy

Recent graduates of Phoenix Fire Departments Recruit Academy join the SRPMIC Fire Department (l-r) Chief Daryl Dash, Aaron Mireles (graduate), Eric Rabago (graduate), President Delbert Ray Sr., Jayce Johnson (graduate), Angel Hudgens (graduate) and Vice-President Martin Harvier. Photo by Richie Corrales

On October 3, 2016, four members of Recruit Class 16-3 began their first training day with the Phoenix Fire Department Recruit Academy. These members were from the Salt River Fire Department and were the first Salt River recruits to be accepted into the Phoenix Fire Academy. Firefighters Eric Rabago, Angel Hudgens, Aaron Mireles and Jayce Johnson now have successfully completed the 12-week academy, graduating on February 3.

Their training consisted of live fire burns, extrication, ladder and engine company operations, as well extensive class time, homework, team-building and much more. Their supervisor for this academy was SRFD Capt. Vel Sneezy.

Firefighter Jayce Johnson attended Tempe public schools and graduated from McClintock High School. He is the son of Gardell and Diane Johnson and the grandson of the late Gerald and LaRue Johnson. Firefighter Aaron Mireles was educated in California. He is a Community member who moved back to Arizona and now is a member of the fire department.

Angel Hudgens is from Holbrook and spent time with the Winslow Fire Department before coming to Salt River. He completed his fire and medical training through Mesa Community College. Eric Rabago is from Superior and spent time with the Superior Fire Department.

SRFD Chief Daryl Dash said, “I am proud of each of these new members of the department. I was fortunate to speak to their instructors from the academy, and they all had nothing but great things to say about these SRFD recruits. Even during the graduation ceremony, the fire chiefs and training officers continued note to how well [the recruits] performed and worked hard in their training. I am proud how well these members represented the fire department and the Community, wearing the Salt River Fire Department emblem and just being great ambassadors for the department.”

This was the largest class to attend the academy; Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sun Lakes, Sun City, Surprise and Tempe also had recruits in this academy class.