Douglas County firefighters graduate from academy

NORTH BEND — Five Douglas County Fire District 2 firefighters graduated Nov. 2 from the Washington State Firefighter Recruit Academy in North Bend.

Tyler Bertram, Jason Koster, Michael Lundgren and James Workman were recently selected to the department’s college-based resident firefighter program and Tanner Brender is a current Rock Island resident firefighter. The recruits learned fire service principles through classroom instruction and hands-on live fire training during the 12-week academy.

In addition, several recruits received awards for their accomplishments above and beyond performance expectations:

Most Improved Award: Tyler Bertram

Bulldog Award: Tanner Brender, Michael Lundgren and James Workman

First Due Truck Company Award: Tyler Bertram, Michael Lundgren and James Workman

For more information on the resident firefighter program, visit