Local gym owner gives firefighting recruits and department a lift
March 27, 2012 by Mark
Gym owner, Dennis Brinson, is helping the cash strapped Vallejo Fire Department improve the physical fitness of new recruits by offering the services of his gym for free. Due to a federal grant, the department was able to hire a total of 15 new recruits over the last two years. These recruits have been able to train free of charge at the Olympic Health Club on Tennessee Street thanks to the generous owner.
According to Battalion Chief Ray Jackson, Mr Brinson had done this for the previous recruits but this year’s is the largest class in a decade. These recruits are going to allow Fire Station Number 25, closed for budgetary reasons, to reopen in the summer.
The 10 most recent recruits, all certified paramedics, are employed for two years under the terms of the grant. Battalion Chief Jackson hopes to secure funds that will allow the department to retain the firefighters in the future. In the meantime, the generosity of local businesses like the Olympic Health Club is allowing the department to maintain a high standard of excellence. Brinson believes it’s his duty, stating that firefighters and police have trained in the area for the past 30 years but this is the first time there has been a specific class. Brinson added that the men are a real asset to the community and Vallejo is his hometown and the home of his family.
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