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Fire Academy prepares workers for firefighting jobs in Chicago

Posted on June 4, 2014

A new group of graduates have emerged from the Fire Academy and will be taking up available firefighting jobs in Chicago.

Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago and the mayor held a ceremony honoring the 149 men and women.

This year’s 149 Chicago Fire Department cadets join a fire department that continues to aid the City of Chicago through fire prevention and emergency medical services.

After entering the Fire Academy in November 2013, these graduated cadets now carry the rank of Firefighter/Paramedic. Cadets will now be assigned to firehouses throughout the City of Chicago, determined by the department’s needs.

“It is an honor and a calling to serve as a firefighter,” said Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago. “I welcome these firefighters to the Chicago Fire Department and look forward to their continued service to the City of Chicago.”

First Deputy Fire Commissioner Charles Stewart III, Chicago Firefighter’s Union Local 2 President Tom Ryan, 11th Ward Alderman James Balcer and other Chicago Fire Department officials joined Mayor Emanuel and Commissioner Santiago at Navy Pier for today’s event.

“The Chicago Fire Department serves and protects the residents of our city with distinction,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I am proud to join Commissioner Santiago and the entire Chicago Fire Department in congratulating the new class of firefighters and wish them well as they continue to promote safety and provide emergency care across the City of Chicago.”