Nine new firefighters/paramedics join Murrieta’s fire department

At the April 5 city council meeting, Murrieta Fire Chief Phil Armentrout introduced nine new firefighters/paramedics and watched them take their oath.

“We began our recruitment a year ago. This group was out of 60 and these are the nine that we selected to be our next firefighters/paramedics.”

Armentrout said that the new addition will help staff future Fire Station 4. It is expected to be up and running this July.

Following the introduction of each of the men, City Clerk Kay Vinson stood at the lector, watching each man raise his right hand, as she gave him his oath. Wearing their navy blue uniforms, the men stood in line, repeating the words given to them.

Many of the new firefighters/paramedics had their family members present, watching the soon-to-be memory of an exciting evening.

Armentrout closed by saying that the fire service is a close-knit family and it was great to see how so many family members were there to support the new firefighters.

The new men who joined the Murrieta Fire Department are:

Mike Macalino from the South Pasadena Fire Department

Dan Grassmeir from the Crest Forest Fire Department

Brian Jackson from the Monterey Park Fire Department

Luke Modgling from the American Medical Resuce, La Verne Fire Department Reserve

Darin Maresh from the Huntington Beach Fire Department

Clinton Norton from the American Medical Rescue, North County Reserve

Gregory Hull from the American Medical Rescue, North Country Reserve

Garrick Eyman from the Rancho Springs Medical Center

Matthew Corelli from the Barstow Fire Department

Armentrout said the new hires started on March 21 and he is delighted with its choices for the city. “This is a great group of individuals.”

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