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The first-ever academy sponsored by the Key West Fire Department

Twenty-one cadets  graduated the Firefighter II Academy, the first-ever academy sponsored by the Key West Fire Department. The ceremony was held at the Central Fire Station on North Roosevelt Blvd. "This day has been long in coming," Fire Chief David Fraga told the cadets and the large gathering of family, dignitaries and well-wishers. "From the first Richard and Nina Jo Wardlow Memorial Firefighter Scholarship to the present, it has been a combination of focus, determination and personal resolution. "This ceremony acknowledges the efforts of 21 students who made the sacrifice and who were committed to stay the course on their journey to become firefighters," he said. The Department sponsored the training in order to provide the necessary training for emergency medical technicians from CARE Ambulance to apply for positions as the City transitions from an outside provider to a complete in-house fire, rescue and ambulance service. With this certification, they will be able to take the state certification tests and apply for a position with the Key West Fire Department. "Looking back, we can say that 2014 has been a very good year," said Chief Fraga." "Not only for these students, but for the Key West Fire Department as well. We have commissioned and placed a new fireboat into service; we are in the process of moving into a new, state of the art fire station; we are well into the transition to take over the city 911 EMS ambulance service on April 1st; and we stand ready to hire 15 new firefighters by the first week in March." He acknowledged that the effort to complete this training is not just the effort of the cadets, but the members of the Department who served as instructors, [...]

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Local artist Ray Rolston presents a canvas print to Hunter Hovan Quidor, representing the NJROTC

Local artist Ray Rolston repaid Key West High school students’ volunteer work in a unique way — with art. Students from the Key West High School Police Explorers and NJROTC assisted the Key West artist with set up and tear down at the ART! Key West Black Friday Art Sale. Rolston did not want the hard work to go unrewarded. “I tried to tip them and they told me because they were there as volunteers representing these fine programs they could not accept,” said Rolston. “I know from talking to them these clubs are very important to them and help them stay a part of the community so I asked if they could accept donations to theirclubs for fundraising and Officer Deglys Chavarria said that was allowed. I felt that these students exemplify what is great about living in the Keys and I wanted them to know their hard work was appreciated.” Article published in THE KEY WEST CITIZEN ◆ SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014

Local artist Ray Rolston presents a canvas print to Hunter Hovan Quidor, representing the NJROTC2015-01-04T01:51:09+00:00

Island Arts Gallery

A co-op of several Key West artists featuring jewelry, photography, acrylics, watercolors, oils, pottery, and all types of arts and crafts as well. A cooperative gallery of local artists producing  original artwork and sharing the expenses and work of running a gallery in the heart of South Duval Art District in Key West, Florida. 1128 Duval Street Key West, FL 33040 Phone: (305) 292-9909 Working Hours: Monday - Sunday:  9AM-9PM

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