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Posted on: January 25, 2024

BROWNSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT HOLDS BADGE PINNING AND PARAMEDIC GRADUATION CEREMONY

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The Brownsville Fire Department's 2024 Badge Pinning Ceremony and Paramedic Academy Graduation marks a significant milestone in the department's history and the community of Brownsville.

 What made this graduation ceremony extra special is that this is the first in-house paramedic program in partnership with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Paramedic Program. Eighteen paramedics graduated from the program.

 Mayor Pro-Tem Tino Villarreal welcomed the group and said he was honored to be at the ceremony welcoming the new paramedics and the promotions of the firefighters.

 “To be here with these individuals who run towards danger when everybody runs from danger, it’s an honor and I have respect for the fire department. To be able to create a lot of paramedics within the fire department is just so impressive and I think that is a testament to the leadership here with Chief Jarrett Sheldon and our fire department and it was just an honor to be here,” Villarreal said.

 The paramedic program, typically up to two years in length, has been condensed into an intensive eight-month course. This accelerated program emphasizes the department's commitment to rigorous training and efficiency.

 “We are very proud of that. It’s about an eight-month program. The paramedic program can be up to two years,” said Brownsville Fire Chief Jarrett Sheldon. “We condensed it down to eight months of vigorous education, skills, and a lot of teamwork and just getting it done.”

 The process following graduation, including the national registry exam and the period of working alongside experienced paramedics, is a critical step in ensuring that these new paramedics are fully equipped to handle the challenges of their positions.

 “We want to make sure they are ready. We want to make sure we prepare the paramedics to be the best out there to treat families here in Brownsville,” Sheldon said.

 The paramedics will also serve as firefighters and will fall under the authority of Jose Luis Garcia Jr., who has been promoted to serve as one of the assistant fire chiefs. Garcia has been with the fire department for 12 years.

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