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Westchester Fire Academy Graduates Join Yorktown's Bravest

Sgt. Nick Spontak, Junior Firefighters Nick Havrilla, Cameron Lett and Chris Pelosi all received their New York State Firefighting certifications and are set to join the Yorktown Fire Department.
Sgt. Nick Spontak, Junior Firefighters Nick Havrilla, Cameron Lett and Chris Pelosi all received their New York State Firefighting certifications and are set to join the Yorktown Fire Department. Photo Credit: Courtesy Yorktown Fire Department

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Four new recruits are set to join Yorktown Heights Engine Co. No. 1.

The four Junior Corps members graduated on July 9 from the Westchester County Career Fire Academy in Katonah. Sgt. Nick Spontak, Junior Firefighters Nick Havrilla, Cameron Lett and Chris Pelosi all received their New York State Firefighting certifications, according to a news release from the fire department.

"These classes consist of approximately 124 hours of class room and hands on training in basic and advanced firefighting," said Past Yorktown Fire Chief Martin McGannon. "Congratulations to our newest recruits."

The Career Fire Academy is a basic firefighter training program organized as a collaborative effort from the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services, the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control and the career chiefs, according to the group's website.

"The academy is a basic firefighter training program designed to provide the firefighter with the essential knowledge and basic skills necessary to perform their job safely, effectively, efficiently and as part of a firefighting team," according to the site. "This 16 week intensive training program provides instruction in a classroom setting and practical skills training. This training prepares the firefighter to save the life of a fire victim, a fellow firefighter or themselves. Upon completion of the course, the trainee is able to efficiently mitigate any emergency."

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