Chattanooga Fire Chief Lamar Flint, on the far left, and Training Chief Phillip Hyman, on the far right, with the new recruits.
The Chattanooga Fire Department started a new fire academy Friday. Most of the 27 new recruits are from this area, but others came from as far as California, Wisconsin and Florida to start their new careers at Chattanooga firefighters.
The recruits will go through a tough six-and-a-half months of mental and physical training, including instruction on fire suppression, vehicle extrication, hazardous materials and many other related disciplines. The firefighters must also be EMT-IV certified to be a Chattanooga firefighter.
If they successfully make it through all the tests and physical fitness training, they will graduate on Sept. 5.