Eighteen area residents are now firefighters after completing 675 hours of training and education and passing national certifications.

The Great Oaks Fire Academy class gathered with family, friends, and fire officials from across the region on December 14 at the Sharonville Convention Center for a graduation ceremony.  

Great Oaks Public Safety Services Supervisor Paul Hartinger stressed the importance of the career that each of the graduates had chosen. “The work you do will be woven into the lives of others,” he said. “I want to thank you for doing this—for me and for the whole community.”

Fire Safety Services Supervisor Johnny Mason told the crowd that every graduate had received a job offer, marking the first time that an entire Academy class had been hired before graduation.

The eighteen new firefighter/EMTs are J.J. Beckelhimer, Andrew Bober, Mckeon Buchanan, Donald Burke, Daniel Cartuyvelles, Nathan Denouden, Brenden Dodd, Patrick Flannery II, Justin Haskin, Adam Kahny, Colby Hooper, Klayton Newman, James Piron, Mitchell Ruehl, David Sanderson, Sam Steffen, Jonathan Swiecki, and Honor Workman.

The Great Oaks Fire Academy serves adults in the tri-state area. Students who complete the training qualify to take the ProBoard Firefighter I and II and EMT-B certification. The next class begins April 4; for more information contact Great Oaks Public Safety Services at 513.771.1142.