Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) held a Fire Academy graduation ceremony recognizing 11 graduates with fire fighter certificates on Friday, December 9 at the East Campus in Dade City.
“We are honored to congratulate the cadets who graduated from this program,” said Lisa Richardson, Ed.D, East Campus provost. “While the college offered a program years ago, the field of fire science has advanced significantly and the 2016 PHSC cadet class #30 is recognized as the inaugural class of PHSC’s new Fire Academy.”
Launched in August 2016, the Fire Academy graduates included 11 cadets who completed two eight-week Fire Fighter courses and one cadet who completed a volunteer fire fighter certificate.
“Fire science has evolved significantly in the past few decades,” said Bill Watson, PHSC instructor/coordinator fire science technology. “PHSC’s new fire academy includes a minimum of 398 intensive training hours, including real world field experience. All cadets must participate in several live fire burning scenarios including a building fire (burn building), a vehicle fire and a liquefied propane gas fire,” said Watson.
Several cadets received recognition during the ceremony: Thomas D’Ascanio was named class leader; Dalton Flowers selected as instructors’ choice for outstanding student; Shawn Roper received academic honors award; and Austin Ruzycki was chosen by classmates for esprit de corps award.
For information about the new PHSC Fire Academy visit www.phsc.edu/fire.
Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) serves the educational needs and interests of its community by awarding certificates, diplomas, associate and baccalaureate degrees. As a comprehensive, multicampus learning-centered institution, PHSC utilizes various instructional modalities and support services. PHSC provides an accessible, diverse teaching and learning environment rich with opportunities for students to achieve academic success and cultural growth in a global society.