Forty-six firefighters, representing 24 fire departments throughout the state graduated from the Connecticut Fire Academy as Recruit Class #48 Thursday, including David Koplowitz of West Hartford who is a member of .
Koplowitz and his fellow recruits have been undergoing an intensive 14-week residential based daily training program at the fire academy campus since Sept. 12. The training focuses on developing knowledge, skills and abilities needed for entry level firefighters.
The recruits represent fire departments in Allingtown, Cromwell, Farmington, East Hartford, East Haven, East Putnam, Fairfield, Hamden, Killingworth, Lebanon, Litchfield, Manchester, Milford, North Branford, North Haven, Norwalk, Old Saybrook, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Stratford, Vernon, West Shore, Westport and Willimantic.
The Connecticut Fire Academy is the teaching arm of the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, a Division of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Its mission is to serve as the primary source of education and training for Connecticut firefighters.