Reno, Nev. July 16, 2020. Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue is proud to announce the addition of nine new firefighters. Late last year, the recruits were selected out of more than 100 applicants to serve as firefighters, with 60 invited to be part of the testing process. The comprehensive recruitment consisted of a comprehensive application process and written test. The candidates were also subjected to a rigorous physical agility test. Final candidates were invited to interview.
In April, the new recruits entered the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) to begin their basic training through Academy 20-1, operated by TMFPD and in close coordination with South Lake Tahoe Fire & Rescue who had one recruit in the program. The academy included several hours of classroom training along with on-hands simulations to include live fire drills, rope rescues, auto extrications, and water rescues. Five members of the class are paramedics, with four holding emergency medical technician (EMT) certificates and anticipated to become paramedics within a year.
Following their formal graduation this Friday, July 17, these nine rookie firefighters will be deployed into the Fire District’s crew schedule and serve alongside senior career firefighters. The new personnel will fill current and future openings.
“I am very proud of these new recruits and welcome them to the Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue Family,” said Fire Chief Charles A. Moore. “They have worked extremely hard and have dedicated themselves to learning their profession and serving the public. I also want to express my appreciation to our staff that have dedicated themselves to the academy for the last several months to ensure we get the best talent to serve our residents in the Fire District,” he said.
The new firefighters and their hometowns are as follows:
Cameron Chappell – Cool CA
Samuel Dobson – Janesville, WI
Payton Giambrone – Livermore, CA
Bryan Harter – La Crescenta, CA
Tyler Johnson – Genoa, NV
Leslie Parawan – Reno, NV
Chris Perham – Reno, NV
Kyle Printz – Placerville, CA (South Lake Tahoe Fire & Rescue)
Beau Retzer – Reno, NV
Martin Rowson – Loyalton, CA