Posted by boston.com February 12, 2014 10:00 AM
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State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director Shawn P. Murray announced the graduation of the 207th class of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s forty-five-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program on February 7, 2014.
“This rigorous professional training provides our newest firefighters with the basic skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely,” Coan said.
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 23 graduates, two women and 21 men, represent the 15 fire departments of East Bridgewater, Everett, Falmouth, Gloucester, Ipswich, Marshfield, Melrose, Nantucket, Natick, North Andover, Northampton, Saugus, Shrewsbury, Taunton, and Wayland.
Jay M. Fiore, Erick H. Robles, and John A. Russo graduated for Everett, Patrick J. Legro and Andrew M. Pierce graduated for Gloucester, Patrick L. Dingle and Michael E. Sikora graduated for Ipswich, James R. DeMartino graduated for Melrose, Daniel L. Napoli graduated for North Andover, and Craig J. Serino and Michael D. Wilson graduated for Saugus.
The guest speaker was state Senator Ken Donnelly, who previously served on the Lexington Fire Department and the executive board of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts.
Today’s firefighters do far more than fight fires. They are the first ones called to respond to chemical and environmental emergencies ranging from the suspected presence of carbon monoxide to a gas leak. They may be called to rescue a child who has fallen through the ice or who has locked himself in a bathroom.
They rescue people from stalled elevators and those who are trapped in vehicle crashes. They test and maintain their equipment, ranging from self-contained breathing apparatus to hydrants to hoses, power tools, and apparatus.