Newton County Fire Services increased its ranks by 16 last week with a pinning ceremony at the Historic Courthouse. The new recruits bring the number of firefighters in the field to 82.

COVINGTON — Newton County Fire Services graduated 16 recruits last week at the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

The new recruits trained for 30 weeks both in the field and in the classroom to add to the ranks of the Newton County Fire Services.

The graduation ceremony celebrated the training of the recruits, culminating in the pinning of NCFS badges on Newton County’s newest firefighters.

The graduates are W. Blaine Smith, Gregory Atherton, Alexander Jones, Micah McKibben, Dwight Christopher, Brayden Harper, David Huff, Yorel James, Dustin Morgan, Tyler Busbee, Caleb Compton, William Maxwell, Thomas Purser, Raif Yarborough, Dylan Brown and Bailey Spake.

With the addition of this new recruit class, NCFS has 82 firefighters in the field, excluding administrative personnel.

This number is up significantly from the 68 firefighters in the field in August of 2017 when NCFS Chief Michael Conner was hired. NCFS continues to grow in numbers to keep up with standards and surpass minimums for fire safety.

The new recruit class helps NCFS staff not only its current stations but also Station 8, which is expected to break ground this year.


I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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