Oswego Fire Department Recruits Graduate From Montour Falls

OSWEGO – Several members of the Oswego Fire Department attended a ceremony Thursday morning in Montour Falls honoring the 71st graduating class of the Recruit Firefighter Training program.

Pictured are Assistant Chief Jon Chawgo, Firefighter Nick Cherchio, Firefighter Kelley Davis, Firefighter Nick Wolfe, and Chief Jeff McCrobie at the graduation ceremony on Thursday at the NYS Fire Academy in Montour Falls.
Pictured are Assistant Chief Jon Chawgo, Firefighter Nick Cherchio, Firefighter Kelley Davis, Firefighter Nick Wolfe, and Chief Jeff McCrobie at the graduation ceremony on Thursday at the NYS Fire Academy in Montour Falls.

Firefighters from all over New York State attend this rigorous and physically demanding 11-week program designed to prepare them for entering a career in the fire service.

The Oswego Fire Department congratulates firefighters Nicholas Cherchio, Kelley Davis and Nicholas Wolfe on their successful completion of the fire academy.

The Recruit Firefighter Training program challenges the probationary firefighters academically, physically and mentally.

For 11 weeks, firefighters leave their families and report to Montour Falls on Sunday afternoon and return on Thursday evening.

A typical day at the fire academy includes a 5:30 a.m. wake up, followed by a group run or workout, often while reciting a cadence to control breathing, a critical skill for firefighters.

After breakfast, recruits will report to the classroom to receive didactic instruction from seasoned, certified fire instructors from departments across New York State.

After lunch, recruits will get geared up for skill training and drillwork.

This involves repetition of deploying fire hose, victim carries, ladder work, live fire training and several other skills necessary to becoming a NYS certified firefighter.

After dinner, recruits will work on apparatus checks and study for academic quizzes and tests.

These busy days, coupled with the physical demands and stress of being away from home, tests our recruits and prepares them for the uncertainty of dealing with emergency situations.

Throughout the 11-week program, firefighters will practice skills to
perfection.

We look forward to getting our recruits back to work, where they will continue their professional development and begin to once again serve our residents to the best of their ability.

Special thanks to the staff at the NYS Fire Academy and all of the adjunct instructors that make the RFFT program such a valuable experience for our new firefighters.

We also thank the families of firefighters Cherchio, Davis and Wolfe for their support during the program.

It certainly is not easy to have a loved one away for weeks at a time, and we appreciate the commitment to this important training.

Firefighters Cherchio, Davis and Wolfe will be back on their respective shifts next week.