November 28, 2005 - Mayor Bill Haslam and
Fire Chief Carlos Perez presented diplomas and badges to the 28 members
of the 2005 Fire Recruit Class at a ceremony on Nov. 21st at North
Knoxville Baptist Church.
symbolize the very best of who we are as a people and a society by
risking their lives in service of others," Mayor Haslam said. "My
hope for each of you is that are embarking on a long, proud and satisfying
"This is a demanding yet rewarding career, one that I am proud to
have served for nearly 36 years," Chief Perez said.
This class of 27 men and one woman have completed 28 weeks of extensive
firefighting, rescue, emergency medical and hazardous materials training.
Each of the new firefighters is now state certified as an Firefighter
I, Emergency Medical Technician I.V., Auto Extrication Technician
and Hazardous Material Technician.