Published: Mar 14, 2014 6:59 AM EDT

DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Seventeen recruits are receiving their badges and joining the ranks of Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.
The badge-pinning ceremony will take place on Friday in Dania Beach, the county's first city.
Sheriff Scott Israel said in a statement the recruits "join the ranks of one of the finest fire rescue departments in the country."
They will also receive their black helmets, signifying the completion of the one-year probationary period. In addition to their state-certified firefighter and paramedic course curriculum, the recruits have completed a rigorous six-week orientation class by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue's Training Division, undergone quarterly proficiency testing in both academic and practical evaluations in fire and EMS, and worked extensively in the field under the supervision of line officers from the department.

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