Tulsa Fire Department Cadets Graduate, Burn T-Shirts

The newest class of Tulsa Fire Department cadets graduated from basic training today and kicked off the celebration by burning their red T-shirts.

With graduation comes a new, blue T-shirt.

"The burning of the reds came about because they're really tired of that red shirt when this is over with, and the first thing they want to do is get rid of it," Captain Lee Horst said. "So, we figured what better way than to burn them."

At the end of the 20 week course, the cadets are given a ranking and permanent station.

"It's really just us putting them through everything they could possibly face during their career," Horst said. "We want the next 25-years of their career for the city of Tulsa to be easy after training is done."

No. 1 ranked Probationary Firefighter, Chris Baldwin, says there's nothing you can do to prepare for basic training.

"It's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life," Baldwin said. "I tried to get in good physical shape and get my mindset right, but your mind can only get prepared by going through it"

Baldwin says its a good stepping stone, but he plans to prove himself out in the field; where the work really matters.

The TFD held a formal graduation ceremony for friends and family at the Performing Arts Center this afternoon.