Friends and family celebrated 27 firefighter graduates in the city of Atlanta on Tuesday.
Ceremonies were held at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead.
Fire officials say members of the class will start to report for various shifts starting on Thursday.
Department brass says with this group, Atlanta Fire and Rescue has staffing increased to four firefighters on every truck and engine 365 days a year.
Chief Cochran says Atlanta Fire and Rescue is seeing staffing levels it hasn't seen in 20 years.