Rapid City Fire Department swears in 11 new team members

RAPID CITY, S.D. — After 84 days of rigorous training, it has all paid off — eleven recruits becoming Rapid City firefighters Friday afternoon. The ceremony was held at the Journey Museum.

After over 600 hours of training, the newest members of the RCFD have earned their spot on the floor to fight fire and save lives. At the ceremony, recruits swore to protect their community and were pinned as firefighters.

“You know what, these recruits have worked their tail end off in this academy and they’ve really come together as a team. I’m really looking forward to having them as the newest members of our department,” said Chief Rod Seals.

Over the 12 weeks of training recruits learned EMS skills, how to combat wildland fires, light and heavy rescue, and so much more.

“The academy prepared us and gave us the basics for what we will experience when we will hit the floor as firefighters. It prepared us mentally, physically and challenged us in many ways,” said Karin Shoemaker, a new firefighter.

Fire training specialist, Lt. Hunter Harlan, trained all of the recruits. He said that they have each improved individually over the last few weeks.

His advice:

“Stay in your officer’s pocket, have a servant’s heart. You’re fixing to take an oath that says you’re going to protect and serve this community and you’re going to be held to that at a high standard.”

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