State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy announced the start of Class 2016-04 Firefighter 1 Recruit Weekend Academy at the Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy in North Bend, Washington.

On April 8, 2016, twenty-three firefighter recruits started the 11 weekend Recruit Academy that meets National Fire Protection Association 1001 Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications at the Firefighter I, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Levels. The recruits will learn fire service principles through classroom instruction and rigorous hands-on live fire training.

The following fire departments and districts are represented in this Recruit Academy class: Bainbridge Island Fire Department, Eastside Fire & Rescue, King County Fire District #20, Quilcene Fire & Rescue, Snohomish County Fire District #1, Snohomish County Fire District #26, Snoqualmie Fire Department, Spokane County Fire District #9, Vashon Island Fire & Rescue, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue, and East Jefferson Fire & Rescue.