San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

November 22nd, 2011
15 graduate from Citizens Fire Academy

Left to right, front: Fire Chief Les Stephens, Jane Hughson, Tamara Piper, George Landry, Mary Rodemyer, Cindy Conyers, Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez, Gabby Zuniga, and Assistant Chief Karl Kuhlman. Back row, left to right: Assistant Chief Len Nored, Rudy Ramirez, Melissa Millecam, Joni Hickey, Heather Hurlbert, Cate Hedrick, Greg Wurzbach, and Captain Howard Minor. Not pictured are class members Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Joni Jones. PHOTO by DON ANDERS


The San Marcos Fire Department recently celebrated the graduation of its first Citizens Fire Academy Class.

The program was established to acquaint the public with the fire department’s mission and operations. The 15-member group completed a 12-week course with hands-on training about fire science, first aid, ladders and hoses, swift water rescue, vehicle extrication and live fire training. Members even rappelled off the roof of Fire Station 5. A slide show and video about the course are available at

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