Hancock College fire academy graduates entering rapidly changing firefighting industry

Allan Hancock College celebrated the graduation of 21 cadets from its Fire Academy during a commencement ceremony held Thursday morning.

The graduation of Battalion 149 marks the completion of a rigorous evaluation for the cadets, which included more than 600 hours of classroom and skills training.

“Today is a special day,” said graduate Kevin Kucinskas. “The men and women who have been in this academy have worked extremely hard since January, so to finally be here today at graduation is just a special moment where we get to celebrate with our friends and family. We’re all just very thankful to be here.”

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