Covington Fire Department swears seven new firefighters after ten week training


From left to right, Nick Martini, Mark Otte, Grant Howell, Heston Hughes, Brian Meyer, Mark Guttridge and Robert Honaker. (Photo by City of Covington)

Covington has seven new (experienced) firefighters.

After completing 10 weeks of in-house training, the seven were officially ‘pinned down’ with their Covington Fire Department badges last week in a ceremony at Town Hall attended by their families and colleagues.

All seven arrived with experience from other fire departments and took their final “exam” yesterday.

“You did it,” Fire Chief Mark Pierce told The Seven. “There were probably times in the 10 weeks that you were sweating, you wondered if you were doing the right thing… but now you can say : “I am much better now than at the beginning. “

Four of the new recruits occupy the post of firefighter / paramedic. Three are firefighters / paramedics. None of the positions are new; rather, they were positions left vacant by recent retirements.

Lt. Jimmy Adams, who, along with Deputy Chief Mike Bloemer, oversaw the training, said it included a wide variety of refresher skills (including primary EMS duties and 40 different fires on the training ground off Boron Drive); a review of Covington streets and landscaping, rules and regulations; and the nuances that accompany urban firefighting.

For example, Adams said, in a suburban neighborhood, firefighters laying a hose down while responding to a house fire might have what is essentially a forehand shot across a wide yard, while in one of the on Covington’s narrowest streets, firefighters may have to bypass the bumpers of parked cars, wrought iron fencing, telephone poles and other obstructions.

Since water-filled hoses are rigid (they cannot be stacked like coils in a rope), you need to be strategic about how you bring a hose from a pump or a water outlet. fire to fire, he said.

“So in those drills, we kept throwing an increasing number of obstacles at them,” Adams told his family members. “Basically we were teaching them to be urban firefighters. This class set records (with basic physical testing), and it had more heart than any class I’ve ever seen.

Covington Mayor Joe Meyer, who was sworn in, spoke from the perspective of the mayor and a firefighter’s son, telling firefighters they were the face of Covington to many and telling families the role essential that they should play in Support.

“They can’t do the job without you,” he said.

The seven new firefighters are:

• Firefighter / paramedic Marc Guttridge
• Firefighter / paramedic Robert honaker
• Firefighter / paramedic Grant howell
• Firefighter / paramedic Heston hughes
• Firefighter / paramedic Nick martini
• Firefighter / paramedic Brian Meyer
• Firefighter / paramedic Marc Otte

Town of Covington