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The Broken Arrow Fire Department (BAFD) held a graduation ceremony for 19 new firefighters on Friday, June 23 at Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow.
With the addition of these new firefighters, BAFD has fulfilled a Vision 2025 Renewal campaign promise to hire 20 new firefighters by 2020. Broken Arrow voters in November 2015 agreed to renew the Tulsa County Vision 2025 sales tax and repurpose it to pay for additional police officers, firefighters and local street improvements. Nine new firefighters were hired back in November 2015, and now 19 additional firefighters will join the department.
BAFD’s authorized strength is currently at 173.
“We are extremely thankful for back to back FEMA grants, which allowed us to reach our staffing goal in less than two years. The renewal of the vision sales tax allows us to retain firefighters after the grants expire,” said Fire Chief Jeremy Moore. “More importantly, these additional firefighters will help make our community safer everyday by providing more trained personnel on emergency scenes.”
This graduating class also includes five students from Tulsa Community College (TCC), who took part in the Fire Academy for the first time as part of a partnership between BAFD and TCC. The BAFD-TCC partnership allowed TCC students to intern at BAFD and train side by side with cadets in the Fire Academy.