MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Eighteen local volunteers that have been attending the Middletown Fire Academy’s Firefighter 1 class since late February will be presented their official helmets in a graduation ceremony on Tuesday June 11th at the Thompson Middle School at 7:30 PM.

The probationary firefighters participated in 43 classroom and hands-on sessions to compile the mandatory 192 hours of training required by the State.  At the end of the course, the students must pass a series of practical skills tests and the written state examination in order to be certified as a NJ Level 1 Firefighter.

The graduates are:

John Baccellieri - Middletown FD, Station 11 Megan Daneman - Middletown FD, Station 10 William Hrehowsik - Middletown FD, Station 11 Shannon Hueston - Middletown FD, Station 4 Brian Scott - Middletown FD, Station 4 Robert Svenson Jr. - Middletown FD, Station 6 Andrew VanWagoner - Middletown FD, Station 11 Ryan Winthers - Middletown FD, Station 1 Timothy Wolf - Middletown FD, Station 7 Nicholas Costa – Eatontown Fire Department Kevin Countryman – Fair Haven Fire Department Daniel E. Elluzzi – Southard Fire Department (Howell Twp) Steven L. Lisowski II – South Wall Fire & Rescue Melissa Rance – West Long Branch Fire Department Ryan J. Ross – West Long Branch Fire Department Brett Thompson – Fair Haven Fire Department Anthony D. Washington – Borough of Matawan Fire Department Thomas J. White – Glendola Fire District #2 (Wall Twp)

About the Middletown Township Fire Department

Organized in 1928, the Middletown Township Fire Department (MTFD) is comprised of over 500 dedicated volunteer members from 11 independent fire companies and 5 special units located within the 41 square mile municipality.  In addition to providing residential and commercial fire protection services, the MTFD is a regional resource for Special Services such as Hazardous Materials Response, Confined Space Rescue, Building Collapse, Breathing Air Unit, Fire Police and Marine Firefighting.  The MTFD also staffs and maintains an accredited Fire Training Academy which provides state of the art facilities and advanced curriculum that enable area firefighters to enhance their skills and to maintain various professional level certifications.

Each MTFD fire company receives an annual funding and equipment contribution from the Township which covers less that 50% of their operating cost.  The companies depend upon various fund raising activities and generous public donations to subsidize their operational expenditures.

In 2012, the over 66,000 residents of Middletown Township relied upon the MTFD to answer 1,274 calls for service.  The 100% volunteer unit is the largest fire department in Monmouth County and is described as “the largest all volunteer fire department in the world”.

About the Middletown Township Fire Department Training Academy

Founded in the early 1970’s by the members of the Middletown Fire Department the Training Academy is a State certified, Tier 1 Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility. The Training Academy provides training on all levels to the Middletown Fire Department and the surrounding communities.