Probably no fire department in America needs additional firefighters more than Atlantic City, New Jersey.

We’re pleased to report that they just got 11 new graduates to add to their professional ranks.

The graduation ceremony took place on Friday, May 17, 2024. It consisted of a rigorous twelve week training program that was held at the Anthony 'Tony' Canale Fire Training Center in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.

The new Atlantic City graduates are:

Naquan Blakeley, Matthew Branco, Drew Carpenter, Harlin Colon, Matthew Compton, Alexis Gibson, Trent Manera, Shane Morgan, Kirsten Pruitt, Patrick Ruane, and Shay Steele, Jr.

The Atlantic City Fire Academy Graduation ceremony was held at the Atlantic City, City Hall Council Chambers.

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small administered the oath of office to the 11 graduates.

Other Atlantic City officials were also on hand and directly participated in the ceremony as follows:

Atlantic City Fire Chief Scott Evans and New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) State Monitor Wes Swain attended.

Both Evans and Swain spoke during the ceremony.

The recruits were presented their badges, certificates and assignments during the official ceremony.

The 11 new firefighters are in addition to the 25 Atlantic City recruits who graduated in March, 2024, Atlantic County Fire Academy.

The newest 11 professional firefighters takes the total number of Atlantic City Fire Department members to 196.

With all of the unjust cuts that took place during Chris Christie’s time as Governor of New Jersey, things are starting to return to normal … however, the Atlantic City Fire Department still needs more staffing.

SOURCE: Atlantic City Fire Department.

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