Updated 9:48 a.m., Sept. 13, 2011
The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services welcomed 24 new firefighters to its ranks Monday during a ceremony at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville.
The new firefighters, 23 men and one woman, were assigned to work in fire stations across the county. The Suwanee station is located on Buford Highway near Suwanee Police Headquarters.
The group is the first class of Gwinnett fire recruits ever to pass state level certification testing for both firefighter and emergency medical technician on the first attempt. "We are proud of the exemplary training and the many accomplishments of our newest firefighters," said Gwinnett Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said in a media release.
Commission Chairman Charlotte J. Nash and other county government leaders were on hand for the ceremony.