Newton firefighter Zachary Joyner will be participating in graduation exercises at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Joyner is a class lieutenant in the Firefighter Class 193 of the Mississippi State Fire Academy and is among the 24 members who have graduated from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Firefighter I-II course.
Graduation will be held outside on campus at 10 a.m. on Thursday October 14. The ceremony will be open to the public. Joyner will also deliver the invocation during the ceremony.
This intense seven-week course includes online, 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. State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney and Academy Executive Director Terry Wages believe these firefighters will be an asset to the fire departments they represent.
“We are excited for them to go and serve their community,” Wages said.