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Local man completes firefighter course

Firefighter Michael L. Lewis of the Brookhaven Fire Department graduated Dec. 12 from the National Fire Protection Association 1001 Firefighter course held at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson.

Michael Lewis

The intense six-week course included classroom and practical instruction in the areas of fire behavior, fire suppression, rescue, incident command, hazardous materials and other fire related topics. The course meets and exceeds the National Fire Protection Association for Firefighter Qualifications and the uniform minimum training standards stated in the Mississippi Code section 83-1-37.

The Mississippi State Fire Academy is an extension of the Mississippi Insurance Department. Commissioner Mike Chaney and Academy Executive Director Reggie Bell conclude that firefighters, through their newly acquired skills and knowledge, will be an asset to the fire departments they represent in implementing fire protection for their community.