Mayor Papenfuse Officially Welcomes 13 New Fire Cadets

New Cadets photoIMG_3127[1]IMG_3124[1]Mayor Eric Papenfuse officially welcomed 13 new recruits for the Harrisburg Fire Department on Wednesday at a press conference at the Public Safety building on the campus of Harrisburg Area Community College. .

“We are excited to welcome these new recruits to the Fire Department,” Mayor Papenfuse said. “They will now enter an important period of training that will well prepare them for the rigors of serving as Harrisburg firefighters.”

At the press conference the mayor also will announce a new partnership with Pinnacle Health, which has agreed to provide free pre-employment physicals for the cadets.  The physicals meet the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standard 1582 for comprehensive medical evaluations of firefighters.  Pinnacle President Michael Young attended the event and called on more businesses to support Harrisburg and its firefighters.

“We thank Pinnacle Health for its generous donation to serve our city and our firefighters,” Papenfuse said. “It is most appreciated when businesses such as Pinnacle step up to help support the city’s economic recovery.”

The recruits will spend the next 14 weeks at the HACC fire academy with cadets from Altoona and Chambersburg.  Recruits undergo physical and mental training to ensure they are well equipped and capable of the strenuous work involved in fighting fires.

At the completion of the academy they will have certifications as an EMT, Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and have nationally recognized status in hazardous materials response.

Harrisburg’s new recruits include:IMG_3114[1]

Jeffrey Buli

Michael Winsand

Justin Flanders

Brian Riddle

Christopher Simpson

Nicholas Lindsay

Michael Bruetsch

Jamie Kleckner

Brandon Trygar

Benjamin Page

John Wilburne

Kyle Bertin

Jeremiah Hoover


For more information, contact:  Joyce M. Davis at or 717 255 3015.





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