WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The Wichita Falls Fire Department held its 69th fire academy graduation Friday evening.

The celebration welcomed ten new brave firefighters to the department. The firefighters have spent the last 24 weeks doing classroom, clinical and field-based training.

Fire Chief Ken Prillaman spoke to the graduating class and they each got to have their badges pinned on by family members.

The ten are now all state-certified firefighters and EMTs who are ready to serve the community.