Local Firefighters Graduate from Firefighting Academy

Graduates of Class #319 Represent 20 Massachusetts Fire Departments

STOW— State Fire Marshal Jon M. Davine and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy leadership today announced the graduation of 34 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 #319 represent the fire departments of Acton, Concord, Dracut, Dudley, Everett, Falmouth, Franklin, Haverhill, Lexington, Middleborough, Needham, North Attleboro, Norwood, Reading, Salem, Saugus, Walpole, Westborough, Westford, and Winthrop.

The Richard N. Bangs Outstanding Student Award, which is presented to one recruit in each graduating class, was presented to Firefighter Ian Ford of the Concord Fire Department. The award is named for the longtime chair of the Massachusetts Fire Training Council and reflects the recruit’s academic and practical skills, testing, and evaluations over the course of the 10-week program.

Career Recruit Class 319 Student List

First NameLast NameDepartment/Organization
EmilHristacheActon Fire Department
IanFordConcord Fire Department
NehemiahCarterDracut Fire Department
ColeMcKinstryDudley Fire Department
OmarHerrera CisnerosEverett Fire Department
RobertMachadoEverett Fire Department
LucasMcCainEverett Fire Department
SeanGundermanFalmouth Fire Department
PatrickLaffanFalmouth Fire Department
RyanLaperleFalmouth Fire Department
TylerLysakowskiFalmouth Fire Department
WilfredOuelletteFalmouth Fire Department
MarkPinhancosFalmouth Fire Department
JoshuaRandallFalmouth Fire Department
DouglasJasperFranklin Fire Department
PaxtonLeeHaverhill Fire Department
NicholasO’NeillHaverhill Fire Department
RichardLuciousLexington Fire Department
JacobStavisLexington Fire Department
RyanDeCosteMiddleborough Fire Department
DylanHansonMiddleborough Fire Department
RobertTimmermanNeedham Fire Department
ShaneDillonNorth Attleboro Fire Department
JohnMcCareyNorwood Fire Department
JustinChairesReading Fire Department
DouglasCoutuReading Fire Department
MatthewConnersSalem Fire Department
RobertSerozynskySaugus Fire Department
LukeCunninghamWalpole Fire Department
DanielWalshWalpole Fire Department
DarabFadaviWestborough Fire Department
StevenWalshWestborough Fire Department
CourtneyBritkoWestford Fire Department
JamesPioppiWinthrop 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, 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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