WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) - 57 brave men and women will graduate from the New York State Academy of Fire Science and officially become full-time firefighters later this morning.

This is the largest class to ever graduate from the Academy. The soon to be graduates come from 24 fire departments across New York state. The program requires firefighters complete more than 500 hours of intense training over the course of 11 weeks. The ceremony is happening this morning at the Community Center in Watkins Glen at 10 o'clock.