Vashon Island Fire & Rescue recently held a graduation ceremony for members of its most recent South Sound Fire Academy.
The academies stretch over six months and include 280 hours of training. Seven people completed the training, with three now ready to serve on Vashon. Their addition to the district brings the total number of active volunteers to 36, which includes 10 people who are both firefighters and emergency medical technicians.
VIFR is planning on holding two training academies again next year. Islanders who are interested in participating should contact the fire district at 206-463-2405 or see its website at vifr.org.