On July 6, Markham Fire and Emergency Services welcomed 11 new members to the team.

The ceremony commenced with a piper and honour guard leading the recruit graduates into the hall. After remarks from members of the Markham Fire and Emergency Services senior management team, the Markham Executive Leadership Team and Mayor Frank Scarpitti, the graduates were presented with their badges.

“Public service is a calling and we are proud to welcome these new recruits as they join the ranks at Markham Fire and Emergency Services,” said Scarpitti. “Firefighters are heroes because they run toward danger, are there when someone is hurt and they educate us and inspire our children while always finding ways to give back to our community. Congratulations and thank you for answering the call of duty.”

The 2018 graduates are Raymond Auld, Monika Cloer, Daniel Cresswell, Katrina Gonyea, Ryan Greenham, Tim Hillier, Virasak Keosongseng, Paul Lio, Craig Spring, Phil Tan and Patrick Wu. Of local interest, Wu is from Markham and completed his pre-service requirements locally at Seneca College.

Markham’s newest firefighters will be reporting to the 9 fire stations across the City commencing the week of July 9.

Probationary firefighters continue their training and education toward becoming First Class Firefighters over a three and a half year period.

Markham Fire and Emergency Services recruits firefighters on an ongoing basis and holds information sessions for interested candidates seeking a career in public service. Markham embraces diversity and inclusion, and as the most diverse community in Canada, welcomes individuals who can support those values. To find out more about the recruitment process and information sessions please visit www.markham.ca/fire.

Main photo: Markham celebrates the 2018 Fire and Emergency Services recruit graduates.