When someone signs up to be a Los Angeles Firefighter, they are embarking on a very intense process. Before even being admitted to the training, they face a serious of tests and evaluations. The training is then an intense twenty week program that tests each recruit by pushing them to the extremes that firefighters might encounter protecting our community.
It is an incredible honor to see these recruits graduate after their training. Last week, I joined Chief Terrazas, along with Mayor Garcetti, Controller Galperin, and Councilman Blumenfield at the graduation of LAFD Recruit Class 2016-1. This group of 45 new firefighters, 43 men and two women, started service to our City on Monday morning!
Among the class, I’m particularly excited to welcome Firefighter Chelsee Brewster and Firefighter Rocio Pelayo. I’ve long been an advocate for an LAFD that better reflects the diversity of the City of Los Angeles. We are able to better serve the community when we reflect those we serve.
Like me, Firefighter Pelayo is from Pacoima, and went to San Fernando High School. She is from our community, and is giving back by serving us now as one of the newest members of the fire department.
Congratulations to all of Recruit Class 2016-1!