The Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department added to its ranks Thursday.
It graduated six new firefighters in front of their family, friends and fellow firefighters.
The class is even more special because for the first time, the Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department held their own training academy, with all the instructors volunteering their time as well.
310 class hours later, their community is a little safer.
"It feels relieving, you know? We have been doing this for a long time now, about nine months. It's kind of like you go four years of high school and you finally get that graduation," said new firefighter Emily Hill.
"What this means for the department is, we can do this high level of training, at a much reduced cost, and that's better for the community and puts better trained, better qualified firefighters on the road," said Chief Jeff Bagwell.
They will hold another class this coming September.