STOW, MA — State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey announced the graduation of the 256th class of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s 50-day Career Recruit Firefighter Training Program on Friday, August 18, 2017.
Among the 33 graduates were Mike Robbins of the Wilmington Fire Department.
“This rigorous professional training provides our newest firefighters with the basic skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey.
The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA), a division of the Department of Fire Services, offers this program tuition-free.
The ceremony took place at the Department of Fire Services in Stow, MA.
The guest speaker was retired Lincoln Deputy Fire Chief Rick Goddard who just last month retired after 42 years as an instructor with the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. As the assistant recruit program coordinator, Deputy Goddard was both a beloved and feared institution in the Career Recruit Training Program as he molded thousands of young people to reach deep inside themselves to be the best possible firefighters.
23 fire departments were represented about the 33 graduates, including: Ashland, Bedford, Clinton, Easton, Fitchburg, Franklin, Gardner, Groton, Hanover, Haverhill, Hudson, Lawrence, Lynnfield, Melrose, North Attleboro, Northborough, Sandwich, Scituate, Sudbury, Uxbridge, Weston, Wilmington, and Woburn.
More About The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy
At the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, students learn all the basic skills they need to respond to fires and to contain and control them. They are also given training in public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, confined space rescue techniques, and rappelling.
The intensive, ten-week program for municipal firefighters involves classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training, and live firefighting practice.
Students receive classroom training in all basic firefighter skills. They practice first under non-fire conditions and then during controlled fire conditions.
To graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation, and fire attack. Fire attack operations range from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multiple-room structural fires.
Upon successful completion of the Recruit Program, all students have met national standards of National Fire Protection Association 1001 and are certified to the level of Firefighter I and II, and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational Level by the Massachusetts Fire Training Council, which is accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.
(NOTE: The above press release is from Massachusetts Department of Fire Services. The above photo is from Wilmington Deputy Fire Chief Gary Donovan.)
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