Firefighter Gabriel B. Sylvester of the Ellisville Fire Department graduated May 23 from the National Fire Protection Association 1001 Firefighter I-II course at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson.

Gabriel Sylvester

Gabriel Sylvester

 The 21-year-old South Jones graduate participated in an intense seven-week course that included classroom and hands-on instruction in the areas of fire behavior, fire suppression, rescue, incident command, hazardous materials and other fire-related topics. This course meets and exceeds the National Fire Protection Association for Firefighter Qualifications and the uniform minimum training standards stated in the Mississippi Code section 45-11-7.

 The Mississippi State Fire Academy is a division of the Mississippi Insurance Department. Commissioner Mike Chaney and Academy Executive Director Reggie Bell conclude that firefighters, through their newly acquired skills and knowledge, will be an asset to the fire departments they represent in implementing fire protection and prevention for their community.

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