The Washington State Fire Training Academy (WSFTA) had the distinct honor of awarding 26 firefighters their certificate of graduation from the basic recruit academy on Nov. 4.

The WSFTA, established under the Washington State Patrol’s Fire Protection Services Bureau (FPB) has a 51-acre campus and services over 5,000 students annually. The WSFTA mission is to train those who serve through facilitation, innovation, education, and motivation.

The graduates worked diligently and tirelessly to complete the 12-week program that included 496 hours of in class instruction and hands on application of basic firefighter principles. All recruits walked away with certifications in Firefighter I & II, as well as, Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations.

The ceremony was highlighted by the pinning ceremony for all 26 firefighters following the graduation. Each recruit was able to select a family member, loved one, spouse, child, or Chief from their respective department to pin on their badge.

Congratulations to all 26 firefighters! The Fire Training Academy extends their well wishes on their careers in the fire service. A list of the recruits, award winners, and their departments can be seen below: 

Most Inspirational: Isaac Placzek

Most Improved: Elli Lechner

Ultimate Bulldog: Skyler Steffen

1st Due Engine Company

Skyler Steffen

Tanner Brotherton

Keagan Kingslien

Jeremy Banks

1st Due Truck Company

Tyler Budwey

Ryan Davis

Alexander Frost

Chandler Wesson


Bainbridge Island Fire Department

     Matthew Murphy

Clallam County Fire District #1

      Julia Biciunas

      Skyler Steffen *

South East Thurston Fire Authority/East Olympia Fire District #6

      Jeremy Banks *

      Trace Florek

      Ian Souza

Kittitas County Fire District #7

      Chandler Wesson *

Kittitas Valley Fire & Rescue

      Issac Placzek *

Mount Vernon Fire Department

      Jalen Koon

      Tolmie Ratcliff

North Mason RFA

     Elli Lechner

North Whatcom Fire & Rescue

     Elizabeth Bronder

     Tanner Brotherton

     Tyler Budwey *

     Keagan Kingslien *

Olympia Fire Department

     Justice Barnes *

     Thomas Clarke

     Ryan Davis *

     Hunter Dorrough *

     Alexander Frost *

     Tyler Kemper

     Richard Mitchell *

     Zachary Oleszko

     Elliott Townsend

Port Angeles Fire Department

     Travis Gosling

     Paul Johnston *

* Denotes Leadership Award Recipient


If you missed the ceremony, you can watch it here.


Photos from the ceremony