May 6, 2016 - Over 100 friends and family members attended the 2016 MABAS 54 Basic Operations Firefighter Academy graduation tonight at the Teutopolis FPD Fire Station. Fifteen firefighters from nine area fire departments received their course completion certificates. Congratulations!
For the last seven years, the MABAS 54 Fire Academy, under the direction of Effingham Fire Chief Joseph C. Holomy and lead Instructor Retired Captain Donnie Blair have conducted an annual Basic Operations Firefighter Academy (aka Firefighter II Academy). With assistance from numerous Division 54 chiefs/instructors these academies have resulted in over 120 area firefighters gain the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain their Office of the State Fire Marshal certification as a Basic Operations Firefighter (aka Firefighter II).