12 New Firefighters Join Minneapolis Fire Department

December 22, 2016 05:29 PM

The Minneapolis Fire Department now has 12 new firefighters who will start their first shift on Christmas Day.

The fire cadets graduated Thursday, joining the Minneapolis Fire Department as full-time firefighters.


Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel says the class represents diversity and is reflective of the city of Minneapolis.

"I always felt, as the chief, that this department needs and should mirror the community we serve,” Fruetel said during the graduation ceremony Thursday. “That’s very important to us, so this was a way that we can work collaboratively with the union and come up with a way so we can start focusing on some of the young adults in the city of Minneapolis to give them an opportunity to potentially think about a career in the fire service.”

In addition to Thursday’s graduation ceremony, the department also honored a fire chief and three battalion chiefs from Minneapolis’ sister-city in Eldoret, Kenya. The chief and his staff observed and participated in the cadet training over the past few months, and they will take some of the training methods back to Kenya with them.


Jennie Lissarrague

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