Six Arlington AFD Recruits Graduate From Mass Fire Academy
Arlington Fire Department (AFD) would like to congratulate and welcome to the department six recruits who graduated on Friday, January 10th, from the Mass Fire Academy. "These recruits were put through a rigorous training program that provides them with the basic skills and tools they need to perform their jobs effectively and safely," said Arlington Fire Chief Kevin Kelley.
This is the 279th class of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s fifty-day Career Recruit Firefighter Training Program. There were a total of 35 graduations. The ceremony took place at the Department of Fire Services in Stow, MA. The program is offered tuition-free.
Today’s Firefighters Do Far More than Fight FiresToday’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 including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), hydrants, hoses, power tools, and apparatus.
At the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, they learn all these skills and more from certified fire instructors who are also experienced firefighters. Students learn all the basic skills they need to respond to, contain and control fires. They receive training in public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, confined space rescue techniques, and rappelling. The intensive, ten-week program for municipal firefighters involves classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training, and live firefighting practice.
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 Recruit Program all students have met national standards of National Fire Protection Association 1001 and are 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.
The Arlington recruits who graduated are pictured above (back row) Andrew Flynn, Fidel Noguera, Mikkel Flynn
(front Row) Mitch Cummings, Jon Byrne, and Andrew Nadeau.