Meet Washington’s newest firefighters! Class 2016_05 graduated from the Washington State Fire Training Academy on November 6, 2016.

The class’s motto: “Hic Sunt Leones” or “Here are the Lions.”

The 19 new firefighters listed below started their training on August 13, 2016. Throughout the 11-week course, they learned basic fire service principles through classroom instruction and rigorous hands-on live fire training.

Thank you for your hard work, dedication, and service!


Bainbridge Island Fire Department

Benjamin C. McCarty

David J. Stark

Karissa M. Wood

Camano Island Fire & Rescue

Spenser E. Mezzone

East Jefferson Fire & Rescue

Devon M. Buckham

Grant County Fire District #5

Tyler F. Simmons

Gallatin Gateway, MT Fire Department

Joshua D. Burgess

King County International Airport

Keith D. Bennett

King County Fire District #20

Christopher J. Almgren

Erik J. Brzozowski

Rodrigo Garcia-Cruz

Mathew C. Lee

Jordan H. Neff

Ernie Tao

Washington State Fire Training Academy

Ty R. Cresap

Dave Kongsted

Woodinville Fire & Rescue

Benjamin M. Harris

Austin T. Rich

Yakima County Fire District #4

Steven D. Feeney