12th Media Academy
11 journalists take part in 12th Annual Media Academy
After successfully completing the maze obstacle course in full Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), repelling off the 5-story tower and fighting a stove fire in the burn building, 11 journalists completed the week-long Media Academy June 19-23. This was the 12th academy put on by the El Paso Fire Department.Those participating in the academy included KTDO reporter Alonso Velasquez, KTSM reporter Chorus Nylander, KFOX/CBS4 photographers Richard Zamora, Rogelio Rodriguez and Raula Candia-Valles and reporters Amy Licerio, Simon Williams and Gloria De Leon, KINT photographer Hector Bernal and reporter Edgar Ramirez, and Univision Radio journalist Luis Torres. Joining the journalist were EPFD Finance employees Chantal Herrera, Derrick H. Nelson, Gabrielle Hamilton and Michael R. Newson.
"The week of training has given me so much insight to the work load firefighters take on everyday," Licerio said. "The emotional and physical strain is not for everyone. I am truly grateful that I had the opportunity to listen to the instructors. I learned so much! Now I am able to listen to scanner and know when it's time to go and when I can fall back. I realize that EPFD does not have to host this