24 Local Firefighters Graduate from Firefighting Academy

Graduates of Class #BW28 Represent 14 Massachusetts Fire Departments

BRIDGEWATER, MA — State Fire Marshal Jon M. Davine and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director Eric Littmann today announced the graduation of 24 firefighters from the 50-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program. 

“Massachusetts firefighters are on the frontlines protecting their communities every day, and today’s graduates are needed now more than ever,” said State Fire Marshal Davine. “The hundreds of hours of foundational training they’ve received will provide them with the physical, mental, and technical skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely.”

“Massachusetts Firefighting Academy instructors draw on decades of experience in the fire service to train new recruits,” said Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director Eric Littmann. “Through consistent classroom instruction and practical exercises, today’s graduates have developed the tools they’ll need to work seamlessly with veteran firefighters in their home departments and in neighboring communities as mutual aid.”

The graduating firefighters of Class #BW28 represent the fire departments of Brewster, Dennis, Duxbury, Easton, Hingham, Mashpee, North Attleboro, Reading, Saugus, Truro, Walpole, Wellfleet, Westborough, and Yarmouth.

Career Recruit Class BW28 Student List

First NameLast NameDepartment/Organization
DanielFennellBrewster Fire Department
JohnCashmanDennis Fire Department
MylesKristoffersonDennis Fire Department
PatrickO’BrienDuxbury Fire Department
AllisonAndrewsEaston Fire Department
GraceDettermanEaston Fire Department
AlexandraMinahanHingham Fire Department
KeithBirchMashpee Fire Department
CoreyCelesteMashpee Fire Department
NicholasHillMashpee Fire Department
JessicaO’KaneMashpee Fire Department
SarahEllisNorth Attleboro Fire Department
AntidioVargasReading Fire Department
Rachael PatrizziSaugus Fire Department
DarenComptonTruro Fire Department
DerrickDuquetteTruro Fire Department
DanielKingTruro Fire Department
LucasTourgeeTruro Fire Department
NicholasCampobassoWalpole Fire Department
RyanKomichWellfleet Fire Department
AlecKaminski-MillerWestborough Fire Department
RobertCrosbyYarmouth Fire Department
JordanElicierYarmouth Fire Department
AnthonyIachettaYarmouth Fire Department

Basic Firefighter Skills

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 Career Recruit Program, all students have met the national standards of NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, and are certified to the levels of Firefighter I/II and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations by the Massachusetts Fire Training Council, which is accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications. 

Today’s Firefighters Do Much More than Fight Fires

Modern firefighters train for and respond to all types of hazards and emergencies. They are the first ones called to respond to chemical and environmental emergencies, ranging from the suspected presence of carbon monoxide to gas leaks to industrial chemical spills. They may be called to rescue a child who has fallen through the ice, an office worker stuck in an elevator, or a motorist trapped in a crashed vehicle. They test and maintain their equipment, including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), hydrants, hoses, power tools, and apparatus.

At the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, recruits learn all these skills and more, including the latest science of fire behavior and suppression tactics, from certified fire instructors. They also receive training in public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, cancer awareness, stress management, and self-rescue techniques. The intensive, 10-week program involves classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training, and live firefighting practice.

The MFA provides recruit and in-service training for career, call, and volunteer firefighters at every level of experience, from recruit to chief officer, at campuses in Stow, Springfield, and Bridgewater. 

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