Nineteen recruits graduate from EC Fire Academy


El Camino Fire Academy Class 141 recruits perform a live fire drill Saturday. The recruits worked to extinguish a liquid fire, something comparable to a natural gas fire that could happen after a major earthquake. Nineteen recruits graduated on Saturday after a 16-week course. Photo credit: John Fordiani

Nineteen Class 141 recruits demonstrated skills they’ve learned, including responding to and putting out a fire, during the EC Fire Academy graduation ceremony Saturday in Inglewood.

Hundreds of recruits have graduated at the facility in the past 50 years, according to a press release. The grounds contain a rescue training tower and a building where recruits take on live fires.

“Graduates receive California State Fire Marshal Certificates in the following areas: fire control, auto extrication, confined space awareness, and HAZMAT first responder operational,” according to a press release.