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Folsom hires seven new firefighters

By: Staff Report
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The Folsom Fire Department's newest employees are all state-qualified firefighters and licensed paramedics, according to city officials.

Folsom Fire Chief Ron Phillips welcomed them as they began an intensive six-week Department Training Academy.

"Our recruitment was highly successful and I am pleased to welcome this well-educated and experienced group," said Phillips. "I believe they will serve our community well in the coming years."

Meet the new firefighters

Brent Cramer – A Folsom resident, Cramer previously worked for the El Dorado

County Fire District. The married father of two has a degree in Criminal Justice from

CSU Sacramento.

Scott Fields – Fields comes to Folsom from Alameda County where he was a paramedic. Fluent in Spanish, he completed a Basic Firefighter Academy with San Mateo College.

Gary LaRussa – He was previously employed as an apprentice firefighter in Sonoma County and with AMR Ambulance in Monterey County. He is a Liberal

Studies/Business Administration graduate of the University of Redlands.

Nathan Lindsay – Lindsay comes to Folsom from Monterey County where he worked as a paramedic, and as a seasonal firefighter in Santa Cruz County. He completed the

Basic Firefighter Academy in Monterey County and was awarded “Top Gun” as best candidate. Lindsay is married and has three children.

Greg Murphy – A Folsom resident, he previously worked as a firefighter in Riverside County. He has a degree in Agribusiness from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Murphy is married and has four children.

Jeff Smith – Smith previously worked as an apprentice firefighter with the El Dorado

County Fire District. He has a degree in History from U.C. Davis.

Brock Wenbourne – A Kinesiology graduate from CSU Chico, Wenbourne previously worked as a paramedic in Butte County and as a part-time firefighter/paramedic with the City of Chester.