At the first Badging Ceremony held by the Islamorada Fire Rescue Department, three Fire Fighters were acknowledged for passing all training programs during a six-month training academy. The ceremony at Founders Park on Saturday, April 8, 2017, honored new Firefighter/Paramedics Danny Self, Ryan Booth and Marcio Cemin.

Badging Ceremonies are a long-time tradition for Fire Departments across the country. Islamorada joins the national tradition with hopes that this is the first of many Badging Ceremonies to be held for successful new recruits.

The ceremony is personally significant to the Firefighters because each chooses an important person in their lives to pin the new badge to their uniforms. A Badging Ceremony signifies a rite of passage for the probationary firefighter. Even though hired, each must pass written and physical tests following the six-month academy including EMS, Fire Fighting and physical training. The merit-based training program is completed while the probationary Firefighters work normal shifts and respond to local calls for service.


Taking the oath are Firefighter/Paramedic Danny Self (left)
in front of his father Dan Self,
Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Booth (middle)
in front of his father Edward T. Booth
and FF/Paramedic Marcio Cemin (right)
in front of his wife Carolina Uribe Cemin.


Firefighter/Paramedic Danny Self
and his father Dan Self
are all smiles after the
Badging Ceremony.


Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Booth
has his badge pinned to his uniform
by his father Edward T. Booth
while Fire Chief Terry Abel (left) and Firefighter/Paramedic
Andrew Gamil look on.


Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Gamil
applauds Firefighter/Paramedic
Marcio Cemin as he stands
with his wife Carolina Uribe Cemin
after the Badging Ceremony.