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Hickory firefighters receive Advanced Firefighter Certification

Hickory firefighters Jeff Atkins, Jeff Hoyle, Bryan Lynch, and Nick Reese were recently recognized with the prestigious designation of Advanced Firefighter through the NC State Firefighter’s Association. These four firefighters have received their certifications and join the less than two percent of firefighters across the state who have been awarded this designation.

In order to be eligible for consideration of the advanced professional certificate, a firefighter must meet five core competencies or qualifications. These competencies include a valid Firefighter II certification issued by the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission; a valid Hazardous Materials Level I (Operations) certification; and a valid Rescue Technician or Technical Rescuer certification. The firefighter must also have at least four years of experience as a firefighter.

After meeting the core criteria above, a firefighter can then qualify for the Firefighter’s Advanced Professional Certificate if he or she has formal education, continuing education training, and experience. Awards are based upon a formula which combines formal education, fire and rescue continuing education training, and actual experience as a firefighter.

Firefighter Apparatus Operator Jeff Atkins has been a member of the department since May 2003. Captain Jeff Hoyle has been a member since July 2010. Captain Brian Lynch has been a member since July 2009. Captain Nick Reese has been a member since June 1999.