(Bradenton, FL—March 20, 2019) Manatee Technical College Fire Academy celebrated two firefighter classes and gave awards to six students.
From Class #37, Easton Evans was honored for achieving a 99% on practical skills performance, as well as perfect attendance. Andrew Lininger won the award for the fastest time to complete the firefighter’s combat challenge in only 3 minutes 10 seconds (7 minutes is the requirement). Tre Bryant earned the highest academic achievement award with a 95.6%.
Bryant was also the class speaker. Addressing his fellow classmates, families and friends, he said, “Perseverance defines our class and the fire service as a whole. Serving our community and making a difference is our plan.”
Class #36 award winners were Jordan Escher for practical skills performance (98.5%), William Thomas for lowest combat challenge time (3:25), and Robert Jordan for highest academic achievement.
Class #37: Tre Bryant, Jordon Carr, Brittany Douglas, Easton Evans, Andrew Feller, Camil Grandioux, Justin Guthrie, Andrew Lininger, Hayden Lipe, Austin Orr, Nicole Washburn, and Michelle Zapata.
Class #36: Hector Almeida, Clay Barlow, Felipe Castellanos, Jordan Escher, Aaron Heyduk, Ashley Hubbard, Robert Jordan, Caleb Peterman, and William Thomas.
The awards celebrations took place in the Dr. Priscilla Haflich Auditorium at the MTC East Campus in Lakewood Ranch on February 23 and March 15, 2019.
Students who complete the academy and go on to pass the firefighter certification exam qualify for employment as firefighters in the state of Florida. These two classes passed the practical portion of the exam with a pass rate of 100%; they are in the process of taking the written portion of the exam.