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4/21/2022 - Recognized recipients of new Firefighter Scholarship


RIVIERA BEACH, FL. (April 21, 2022) – Two City residents will soon see their dreams of becoming Riviera Beach Firefighters come to fruition through a new scholarship initiative funded by Fire Rescue and Palm Beach State College.

Students Torrance Oats and Jermaine Hardy at the May 4 City Council meeting will be presented with scholarship certificates guaranteeing their acceptance to the program by the City of Riviera Beach and Palm Beach State College to attend Fire and EMT School at the school for free.Recognized recipients of new Firefighter Scholarship

The pair will begin employment with the City after the summer and will be paid the City minimum wage of $15 an hour until all of their certifications are obtained. They will then become full-paid career firefighters. Their responsibilities will be to attend school and assist Fire Rescue with
day-to-day responsibilities outside of class.

“We are excited to be part of such a great initiative that will provide career opportunities for young men and women in our community to obtain a career in the fire service,” Fire Rescue Chief John Curd said.

Hardy completed 4 years of the fire program at Palm Beach Lakes High School. Oats has participated in the Riviera Beach Youth Empowerment Center Program (YEP) for several years and has interned with the Fire Department in past summers. He is currently enrolled in EMT School.

Hardy and Oats were chosen for the program after meeting with YEP Director Valarie Grimsley and the Palm Beach Lakes High School Fire Program to identify City residents who have shown a commitment to becoming a Riviera Beach Firefighter.

Nicole Rodriguez
Public Information Officer
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