New York State Recruit Firefighter Training Graduates at State Fire Academy in Montour Falls, NY
June 5, 2023

DHSES Announces 37 New Recruit Firefighter Training Grads

State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Announces 37 New Graduates of Recruit Firefighter Training Program
Class Graduates Represent Career Firefighters from 17 Fire Departments Across the State
Next Recruit Firefighter Training Program Begins July 31 at Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray today announced the graduation of 37 new firefighters from the State’s Recruit Firefighter Training program at the Office of Fire Prevention and Control’s Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls. Graduates come from 17 fire departments across the state, representing the Academy's 87th Recruit Firefighter Training class. The rigorous 15-week residential program provides extensive fire service training in an environment like a full-time fire department. Upon graduation, all the recruits will serve as career firefighters in their respective fire department.

“I extend my hearty congratulations to today’s graduates on their achievement, and I wish them well as they are well-prepared to help protect New Yorkers from fire danger and other emergencies,” Commissioner Bray said. “Training first responders is a core mission of ours and we take great pride in training future firefighters. We are extremely proud of today’s graduates for completing a challenging 15-week residential training program and know they will do an outstanding job protecting the public in the future.”

The Office of Fire Prevention and Control’s Recruit Firefighter Training Program provides basic training for recently hired career firefighters, as well as volunteer firefighters. During the 15-week program, recruits participate in more than 600 hours of training in both classroom and practical settings. Classes focus on areas such as structural, vehicle and flammable liquid firefighting, emergency vehicle operations, hazardous material emergency incident and basic rescue technician operations. Recruits also participate in daily physical fitness training in preparation for the Candidate Physical Ability Test. Upon completion, graduates will have received national certification from the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications in Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Fire and Life Safety Educator I, and Hazardous Materials Operations.

Today’s graduates received training in areas such as operating aerial devices; traffic incident management to keep firefighters safe on roadways; health and safety; firefighter rescue; hazardous materials response, and technical rescue. During the training program, students use iPads to provide them with greater access and flexibility to testing, as well as study materials.

New York State Fire Administrator James B. Cable said, “Congratulations to each firefighter graduating from the Recruit Firefighter Training program as it represents a great accomplishment and an important step forward in their fire service career. The challenges facing the fire service are ever evolving and I encourage each graduate to continue their fire service education and training and never stop learning.  The Office of Fire Prevention and Control remains committed to providing effective and safe training in support of New York State’s fire service.”

The following firefighters graduated today from the 87th Recruit Firefighter Training Program:

Name              Home Fire Department
Ronald Kleinbach Batavia
Michael Pfendler Batavia
Gregory MacFarlane BNIA
Andrew Niver Cortland
Nathan Stockwin Cortland
Bryan Heller DeWitt
Matthew Sojda DeWitt
Thomas Kenyon Fulton
Keven Morse Ithaca
Trey Sincock Ithaca
Joshua Henry Ithaca Airport
Ahmed Hassan Lackawanna
Sarah Jackson Lackawanna
Ryan Little Lackawanna
Matthew Bourne LaGrange
Daniel Carr LaGrange
Jacob Rand LaGrange
Daniel Rivera LaGrange
Ryan Arrastia Lockport
Aaron Bair Lockport
Brandon Kuczmarski Lockport
Caleb Spark Lockport
Arati Rudd Manlius
Stephen Clougherty Niagara Falls
Kaylee Ulrich Niagara Falls
Matthew Nalbone North Tonawanda
Cody Minckler Norwich
Anthony Capristo Oneonta
Jack Stanton Oneonta
Tyler Calverase Oswego
Zachery Curtis Oswego
Brian Edwards Oswego
Samantha Parker Oswego
Timothy Shane Oswego
Shaun Tiss Oswego
Anthony Angelo Tonawanda
Matthew Pohzehl Tonawanda

 The next Recruit Firefighter Training Program at the Academy begins on July 31, 2023.

About the State Office of Fire Prevention and Control

The Office of Fire Prevention and Control delivers a wide breadth of services to firefighters, emergency responders, state and local government agencies, public and private colleges, and the citizens of New York. The office advances public safety through firefighter training, education, fire prevention, investigative, special operations, and technical rescue programs. The delivery of these essential services enables the office to make significant contributions to the safety of all of New York State.

About the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services  

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services provides leadership, coordination, and support to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate disasters and other emergencies. For more information, find DHSES on Facebookon Twitter or visit