Two new firefighters – Matt Klett and Justin Martin – graduated from the Joint Fire Academy 123 on Monday, May 24, joining the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District (CSFD).
Klett, a seasoned paramedic, is a long-time resident of the area. Martin also lives in the area and has experience working on the South Coast.
The two went through a joint fire academy held by the Carpinteria-Summerland and the Montecito fire districts, alongside four other firefighters: Jarden Gramm, Justin Pickens, Tyler McManigal and Dustin Barthel. Barthel was chosen as the class’ valedictorian.
“This is yet another example where collaboration between both districts is providing outstanding training while also being fiscally responsible,” Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Chief Greg Fish said.
The academy was 10 weeks long, and trained firefighter recruits on basic techniques, including ladder evolutions, technical rescues and hose lays. By training the Carpinteria-Summerland and Montecito recruits together on the same techniques, the new firefighters – who will be working side-by-side in the field – will be able to work together seamlessly, Robert Rappaport, CSFD fire marshal, said.
The joint fire academy was organized by Montecito Fire Capton Bob Galbraith, who has coordinated several fire academies during his 10 years with the department.
“The academy is a critical piece in a firefighter’s career,” Captain Galbraith said. “As the academy instructors, we help form and shape the department’s expectations for new firefighters, so it feels very rewarding to be a part of that process.