Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Two Cherokee County Firefighters Complete Flames Training Course

October 24, 2019

Two Cherokee County firefighters were recognized today at Fire Headquarters for their completion of the Georgia Firefighters Laboring and Mastering Essentials Skills (FLAMES) course that was held October 18th, 19th and 20th in Chatsworth, Georgia. 

Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, presented the firefighters, Eddie Barajas and Christian Kutas, with a “Letter of Commendation” for becoming the latest Flames!

Counting the firefighters who were recognized this week, Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services now has 27 who have completed the Flames training.  “We have certain qualifications that our firefighters have to meet in order for them to go through these courses,” said Chief Prather.  “Once they have met the requirements, we assign them a mentor to help prepare them for the course.  Because of this, we have seen this to be a plus in helping our firefighters complete the Flames course,” he added.

The Flames course is three days of training that will test an individual firefighter's personal limitations when working in high stress situations with limited recuperation periods. It is also designed to test the individual’s ability to function as part of a team. Teambuilding is a focal point of the course. The successful fire company must function as a team.

Chief Prather presented the firefighters with a Letter of Commendation and congrtulated all the firefighters for a job “well done.”

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Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, reads the Letter of Commendation to Eddie Barajas and Christian Kutas.
Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, reads the Letter of Commendation to Eddie Barajas and Christian Kutas. (click image for slideshow)
Chief Prather congratulates Christian Kutas for completing the course.
Chief Prather congratulates Christian Kutas for completing the course.
Eddie Barakas receives his Letter of Commendation from Chief Prather.
Eddie Barakas receives his Letter of Commendation from Chief Prather.
Numerous employees from the fire department were on hand to congratulate Barajas and Kutas.
Numerous employees from the fire department were on hand to congratulate Barajas and Kutas.