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Posted on: November 21, 2019

PPFD Honors Graduates of Firefighter Apprenticeship Program

Four firefighters in dress uniform holding certificates of achievement

Pinellas Park Fire Department congratulates firefighter/paramedics Matthew Beighey, Tyler Coats, Rey Felton, and Jared Nestor for their completion of the department’s Firefighter Apprenticeship Training Program.  The 3- year program is a collaboration with Pinellas Technical College and the State of Florida Department of Education and consists of 6,000 hours of training and instruction based on established industry standards. Upon graduation, apprentices are issued a nationally recognized certificate from the Department of Education.

FF/PM Matthew Beighey is a member of the hazardous materials team, a field training officer, CPR instructor and manager of PPFD’s CPR program. He earned an associate degree in EMS from Santa Fe College and is a paramedic student preceptor at SPC and Manatee Tech. Beighey was awarded Paramedic of the Year in 2018.

FF/PM Tyler Coats earned an associate degree in EMS from Santa Fe College and is a field training officer and member of the technical rescue team. Coats is on the SWAT tactical medical team and, along with other team members, received the 2019 Pinellas County Fire Professionals - Special Operations Team of the Year.

FF/PM Rey Felton is a member of the hazardous materials team, an advisor for the PPFD fire explorers program, a CPR instructor, and test proctor for Nova Southeastern University.

FF/PM Jared Nestor is a field training officer, member of the technical rescue team, advisor for the PPFD fire explorers program, and CPR instructor. Nestor is on the SWAT tactical medical team and, along with other team members, received the 2019 Pinellas County Fire Professionals - Special Operations Team of the Year.



Photo: (L-R) Training Chief TJ Layfield, FF/PM Tyler Coats, FF/PM Matthew Beighey, FF/PM Rey Felton, FF/PM Jared Nestor, and Fire Chief Brett Schlatterer.

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