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12 recruits graduate from Utica Fire Academy

Twelve new firefighters graduated from the Utica Fire Academy Friday, and will go on to serve in various departments around the state.

Posted: Jul 2, 2021 4:23 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2021 4:48 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Twelve new firefighters graduated from the Utica Fire Academy Friday, and will go on to serve in various departments around the state.

Eleven men and one woman trained at the academy for the past 14 weeks.

Here are the recruits and where they’re headed:

East Herkimer Fire Department

  • Andrew Grosse

Ilion Fire Department

  • Timothy Flihan
  • Ryan Hunt

Lake Delta Fire Department

  • Oliver Dragojevic
  • Kathleen Isherwood

Oswego Fire Department

  • Jacob Henson
  • Evan Montalbano
  • Hayden Turk

Troy Fire Department

  • Aaron Abelove

Utica Fire Department

  • Joseph Karwacki II
  • Shawn Welch

Watertown Fire Department

  • Jesse James

Utica Fire Department Chief says the next test is in May, and he’s hoping to have even more recruits in the next class.

"At this time, we're preparing to make an announcement for another civil service test it'll be happening next May,” he said. “We’re really going to try to increase the amount of candidates that take the exam and we'd like to me diversify the pool of candidates that were getting.”

Ingersoll also said three members of the department are retiring soon, so more firefighters will be chosen to fill those positions.

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