STOW, MA – State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Deputy State Fire Marshal Maribel Fournier today announced the graduation of 36 firefighters from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. Graduates completed the 50-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program at two locations: Class #298 was trained on the Stow campus and Class #BW16 was trained on the Bridgewater campus.
“First responders are on the front lines of keeping their communities safe, and these latest firefighters are needed now more than ever,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey. “The rigorous professional training they have received gives them the physical, mental and technical skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely.”
Class 298 graduates at Stow include firefighter Christopher Kinsella of Falmouth Fire Service (above).
Bridgewater BW16 class graduates include firefighter Patrick Steemson of the Sandwich Fire Department and firefighters Kristian Heyliger and Colleen Phelan of the Wellfleet Fire Department (above).
Basic firefighting skills
Students receive classroom training in all basic firefighting skills. You practice first under non-fire conditions and then under controlled fire conditions. To graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operations, and firefighting. Incendiary attacks range from mailbox fires to multi-story or multi-room fires. Upon successful completion of the recruitment program, all students have met National Fire Protection Association 1001 national standards and are certified at Firefighter I and II level 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.
Today’s firefighters do far more than just fight fires
Today’s firefighters do far more than just fight fires. They train to respond to all kinds of dangers and emergencies. They are the first called out to respond to chemical and environmental emergencies ranging from suspected carbon monoxide to a fentanyl overdose or a gas leak. You can be summoned to rescue a child who has fallen through the ice or locked themselves in a bathroom. They rescue people from stuck elevators and people trapped in vehicle accidents. They test and maintain their equipment, including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), fire hydrants, hoses, power tools and equipment.
At the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, they learn all of these skills and more, including the latest in firefighting science and tactics, from certified fire instructors. They also receive training in public fire safety education, mitigation of incidents involving hazardous materials, flammable liquids, stress management and self-rescue techniques. The 10-week intensive city firefighter program includes classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter training and live firefighter drills.