On Saturday, February 23, 2019, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) hosted the Woman’s Fire Prep Academy (WFPA), which introduces participants to what it takes to become a firefighter. The Academy takes place every Saturday over a six-week period at the Cecil R. Gehr Fire Combat Training Center at Department headquarters.
Opening day of the WFPA featured 118 participants, competing for a spot in the Academy. Their stamina and endurance were put to the test as they performed a beep test (shuttle run) and several sets of planks, push-ups and curl-ups. Ninety-one contestants successfully met the Academy’s requirements and will continue participating in the hands-on interactive training.
LACoFD Chief Deputy David R. Richardson Jr., Deputy Chief Christopher Anderson, Assistant Fire Chief Eleni Pappas and program leaders, Battalion Chief Jasmine Segura and Fire Captain Sara Rathbun, along with other Department firefighters, were on hand to give words of encouragement and will train this year’s candidates.
“Today is a great accomplishment. We all are here to encourage and help you achieve your dreams and goals,” said Chief Pappas as she addressed the group. “Thank you for coming here today. We wish you the best in your career.”
In case you missed it, click here to watch a recap of the first day of the WFPA, produced by the LACoFD Video Unit.