Eight New Firefighters Graduate to Local Departments

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Eight New Firefighters Graduate to Local Departments
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L to R- Erik Adair (SB City), Shane Wallace (SB City), Jared Walberg (Montecito) Clay Faulkner (SB City), Michael Welker (SB City), Chas Donner (Carpinteria-Summerland), Justin Kiel (SB City), Eric Carvalho (SB City) [Photo: Santa Barbara City Fire Department]

The Santa Barbara City Fire Department, Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District, and the Montecito Fire Protection District held a joint academy and graduation ceremony for eight new recruits last week.

The ceremony took place on Friday at the Santa Barbara Hilton and celebrated the last twelve weeks of training as the recruits moved on to their respective department and shifts.

Their twelve-week academy consisted of numerous topics including EMS operations, engine company operations, truck company operations, hazardous materials operations and wildland operations.

Below are the new graduates:

Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District: Chas Donner

Montecito Fire Protection District: Jared Walberg

Santa Barbara City Fire Department: Erik Adair, Eric Carvalho, Clay Faulkner, Justin Kiel, Shane Wallace, Michael Welker

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PitMix Jul 12, 2018 04:02 PM
Eight New Firefighters Graduate to Local Departments

The lack of diversity is pretty striking. Those jobs are the last ones where a young guy can be assured a good salary and great benefits and pensions with an early retirement date. I wonder if that will ever change?

a-1558366209 Jul 12, 2018 04:07 PM
Eight New Firefighters Graduate to Local Departments

PITMIX - lack of diversity? Or, could it be that these 8 young men (regardless of their ancestry, of which you know nothing) happened to be the most qualified for the positions?

Flicka Jul 11, 2018 09:04 AM
Eight New Firefighters Graduate to Local Departments

Well, a firefighter just retired from Montecito so now he's replaced. A friend gave a co-worker a ride to the Montecito fire dept during WWII, he was signing up for the military. The chief asked my friend if he wanted to sign up, he said no, he had a wife and son. Next question, "Do you want to be a fireman?" My friend was the Montecito Fire Chief when he retired. So easy in those days.

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