Recently the department was able to hire five Reserves as full-time firefighters due to a federal SAFER grant that will pay their salaries for a minimum of two years.
New Reserve Santa Paula Fire Fighters take oath, receive badges
The City Council met new Santa Paula Fire Fighter Reserves who were formally welcomed to the department with a swearing in and badge pinning ceremony featured at the June 3 meeting. “Today is another great day for the Santa Paula Fire Department,” noted Chief Rick Araiza, who introduced six of the seven Reserve Firefighters who recently completed their SPFD probationary period and training.
“We started with 15 Reserves in January of last year and went through an extensive probationary period” and advanced training. Said Araiza, “These Reserves completed all their training” and will continue to be assigned shifts as well as fill in for full-time firefighters, several who were on-hand for the official ceremony.
Taking the oath from City Clerk Judy Rice were SPFD Reserves Nick Colbern, Ryan Howard, Alexandra Johnson, Adam Maingot, Justin Nachazel and Derek Wreesman; Cody Daniel was unable to attend the ceremony. Each Reserve also received the SPFD badge pinned on by a loved one.
After the ceremony Araiza said the newest Santa Paula Fire Reserves have proven to be “very capable and I am very proud” to welcome them to the Santa Paula Fire Department. SPFD Fire Fighter Reserves receive an annual stipend.