SVFD has hired 14 new Firefighters to the SVFD Team.  Recruit training began Tuesday, September 3 at the Fire Training Center and will run for 15 weeks.

Andrew Rhine is one of our new recruits.  Congratulations Andrew!  You’ve made it to week 13!

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Andrew spent 6.5 years as an Army Scout.  He also was a Master Resilience Trainer (MRT).  An MRT is a resilience-training program that is offered by the United States Army. The goal of the program is to teach officers about resilience and to train those officers to teach other soldiers about resilience as well.  Thank you Andrew for those many years of service!  It is not something we take lightly here at the SVFD.  We have a great appreciation for your personal sacrifice demonstrated through this service and training.

Andrew also went to college, earning an AA in General Science and studying for his BA in Psychology at St. Martins University.

His Firefighter background includes volunteering at the Airway Heights Fire Department before joining the Army.  He also has something in common with Ben Reece, having spent time at the Tumwater Fire Department as a Firefighter and EMT volunteer.  He has fire service training and certifications in:

  • FF I
  • Hazmat Ops and Awareness
  • Search and Rescue 1

We are excited to have Andrew here at the SVFD and all the diverse talents and interests that he brings with him.

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Andrew seems to have an adventurous spirit.  He enjoys skydiving . . . and other outdoor activities such as riding dirt bikes, snowboarding, mountain biking, and hiking.

This week Andrew will be in EMS and EVIP training and then like all the recruits, enjoying some time with friends and family for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Andrew, we thank you again for your service.

And, we wish you the very best these last few weeks of your Recruit Academy.

All recruits will have to pass multiple exams throughout the training on skills learned.  After graduation, crews will be rotated through different station assignments and will be on probation for 1 year.

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Firefighter Andrew Rhine

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