Maple Grove Firefighters Take Oath of Office
The Maple Grove Fire Department swore in a group of paid-on-call firefighters into its ranks on Monday.
Six firefighters recently completed their training. Five of the group were present to take their oath of office.
The six are Rachel Acevedo-Hoffmann, Sam Greenwood, Luke Moren, Karlis Nollendorfs, Aaron Ophoven and RJ Potter.
Maple Grove Fire Chief Tim Bush gave a speech introducing each of them to the Maple Grove City Council.
“Our paid, on-call firefighters, for most of them, this isn’t their primary job — but it is their primary love,” Bush said. “You become a firefighter, you become attached to the service you provide. In no uncertain terms, we could not serve the community without them.”
This group got hired on with the fire department in 2022, and has now completed their 18-month probation period.
During probation, firefighters-in-training endure academy training, emergency medical training and apparatus operator training.
Now, there are 93 paid on-call firefighters in Maple Grove. Another 12 firefighters work full-time for the department.