NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The Nashville Fire Department added 37 new firefighters to its department after a graduation ceremony today.

Today, the firefighter graduates each received their certificate of completion and official service badge. The graduates of Battalion 83 represent thousands of combined hours spend on curriculum, and hands-on training.

The Nashville Fire Department said their graduation proves their competency to perform a variety and rescue measures from swift water rescue to high angle rescue techniques. 

"Nashville is growing not only up but out. The addition of these 37 new firefighters will help us continue to provide world-class service to the community we love," Director Chief William Swann said. "We saw in 2020 how important it is to have highly trained personnel in our department."

Nashville Mayor John Cooper attended the ceremony and congratulated Nashville's newest public servants on their accomplishment. 

Notable graduates include: Valedictorian Kasey Manning for her academic performance, Blaise Thomas earning the Fitness Award for his work while in the academy, and Recruit Mario Mendoza earning The Esprit De Corp award for best representing the "heartbeat of the battalion."

NFD said all graduates will join their fellow firefighters and EMS personnel across Metro's fire companies. 

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