Station 55 probationary Fire Fighter Trinity Brown was awarded the prestigious Milan “Spike” Baran Toms River Fire Academy Leadership Award at the Academy’s graduation held on Monday evening, January 7.  Trinity was selected from amongst his 14 other classmates in the Fire Fighter I training program.  Candidates are put to the test both physically and mentally as they learn the elements of safe and effective fire fighting techniques and technical subject awareness.  Candidates must satisfactorily complete a written and practical examination in order to graduate.  It is a requirement that all fire fighters attain their level I state certification within one year of joining the department.

Trinity was chosen from candidates from several other departments including Toms River and Jackson.  The award is given to the person that demonstrates the best leadership and high scores on quizzes, tests and the practical exam.  The award is named in honor of one of the now deceased founders of the Academy who was instrumental in its development.

“We are extremely proud of probationary Fire Fighter Brown and his accomplishment” stated Chief Mike Waters. “He is off to an exceptional start and is a strong role model for our members — especially those that are newer to the department.”