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Nashville Fire Department Adds 33 New Firefighters

4/27/2018
Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer

Recruits completed 26 weeks of training 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 27, 2018) – The Nashville Fire Department added 33 new firefighters to the department during a graduation ceremony at The Troutt Theater at Belmont University on Friday, April 27th at 10:00 am.

Nashville Mayor David Briley and NFD Director Chief William Swann presented each of the graduates with a certificate of completion as their families, friends and fellow NFD personnel celebrated this milestone.

Battalion 78 began their 26 weeks of training on October 1st. The NFD selected this recruits from a candidate pool of more than 1,000 applicants.

What followed was more than 1,000 hours of an intensive curriculum, including classroom lectures and hands on training.

At the graduation NFD added 26 licensed Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)/Firefighters. In addition to those graduates the NFD added 4 Advanced-EMT/Firefighters and 3 Paramedic/Firefighters.

“These new firefighters will have an immediate influence on the quality of care we provide,” NFD Director Chief William Swann said. “Friday’s graduation is only the beginning of what I hope becomes many years of fine service from these recruits.”

Mayor David Briley congratulated the new graduates and administered the firefighter oath.

“Our first responders make a deeply positive impact on our community every day and respond to tough and trying situations,” Nashville Mayor David Briley said. “Each graduate here today embodies dedication and integrity and I know they will make our city proud.”


Veteran TV journalist WKRN News 2 Anchor Bob Mueller emceed the graduation ceremony.

During the ceremony the NFD honored recruit Dallas Lewis for earning the honor of Valedictorian for academic performance in both the EMT and Fire Suppression programs.

Recruit Kayla Collins earned the Fitness Award for her work while in the academy.

Recruit Darrell Holmes earned The Esprit De Corp. (Spirit of the Body) Award. This award is earned by the member of the recruit class who best represents the heartbeat of the battalion.

Battalion 78 became the first recruit class to have two members earn the James E. Seay Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

District Chief Seay’s widow Reverend Janet Seay presented the two scholarships to recruits Kayla Toney and Juan Arroyo-Perez. 

The $1,000 scholarships to Volunteer State Community College will be used for one recruit to further their education in Fire Science and for the other recruit to seek their Advanced EMT license.

District Chief James E. Seay Jr. served the Nashville Fire Department for 34 years before ALS and COPD forced him into retirement and eventually took his life. His family created the 501 (c)(3) charitable James Edward Seay Jr. Scholarship Fund to help continue his legacy of education and help fund research to find cures for ALS and COPD one day.

Now, the recruits will immediately join their fellow firefighters and EMS personnel in fire companies across Metro Nashville Davidson County.