MILLERSVILLE, MD - The Anne Arundel County Fire Department proudly graduated it's 61st (career) Firefighter Recruit Class on Friday, December 10, 2021. This is a celebration of determination, bravery and skill, as the firefighters will be ready to face any challenge once they arrive at their first duty assignment.
Among those that graduated was a young woman who, as a child, would visit her father at the firehouse. Nervously walking through the ambulance to take a look, or sitting in the fire engine as her dad proudly took her picture.
Her name is Delaney Clime. Friday night the Delaney family welcomed their fourth-generation firefighter into the family. Like her dad, Firefighter/Paramedic Donny Clime, pinned his daughter's badge on her uniform for the first time.
Family traditions aside, taking on the role as a firefighter or paramedic is not easy.
The first, is getting hired! Ask any career firefighter. Most will tell you they applied several times before being accepted. So don't be discouraged if you have been turned down. Just re-apply.
Second is making it through a six-month academy. Fears are pushed to the maximum. Friendships are bonded for life and careers are planned. The recruit leaves the academy ready for anything. Or so they think. Because their next life is all about the firehouse.
You may think being assigned to a station is the third and final step, but it's not. Recruits are monitored and tested even while at the station. Their training doesn't stop at the gates of the academy. On-the-job training is just as important.
Each new member will face his/her challenges throughout their 20, 30 and even 50 years of employment. Challenges that define who they are and what they will become. For Class 61, their career has just started. Firefighter Clime said it best, "tonight my daughter has acquired a new family that will help teach her and guide her throughout her career." He ended with, "And always have compassion."
Congratulations to all the members of Class 61!