Local firefighters graduate from state training program

  • Graduates of the Department of Fire Services’ Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training Class No. 80. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Report
Published: 2/26/2020 9:54:16 PM
Modified: 2/26/2020 9:54:07 PM

STOW – State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Deputy Director Joseph C. Klucznik presented certificates of completion to graduates of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training Class No. 80, including members of local departments.

The ceremony took place Monday at the Department of Fire Services in Stow.

The Call/Volunteer Firefighter Recruit Training program delivers a standard recruit training curriculum, meeting national standards, on nights and weekends to accommodate the schedule of firefighters. Bringing the training closer to firefighters often means more can participate, according to a press release.

The program uses an online eBlended format that has students doing more work outside of class and taking quizzes online. This allows students more time to practice training skills with instructors and to better control their own workloads and time commitments.

Classroom training took place evenings at the Department of Fire Services’ Springfield campus and South Deerfield Fire District. All practical training took place at the Springfield campus on weekends.

The local graduates are: Todd Bowdridge and Sean Morris, Athol Fire Department; Daniel Quinn, William Sheldon and Samantha Watson, Orange Fire Department; Nathan Schulz and Justin Sevigny, Winchendon Fire Department.

In this Massachusetts Firefighting Academy program, students learn all the basic skills they need to respond to fires. They also receive training in public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, firefighter self-rescue, and vehicle extrication. The intensive program includes 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.

Graduates have completed 240 hours of training on nights and weekends.

Upon successful completion of this program, all students have met the standards of National Fire Protection Association 1001. In addition, they have the ability to become 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.

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