PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) - Western Massachusetts now has 33 newly trained volunteer firefighters ready to serve their communities.
The men and women graduated Wednesday from a state training program that caters to volunteer firefighters and other on call emergency personnel.
They were presented their certificates at Palmer High School Wednesday night. They come from 16 different departments mostly in rural communities that are not fully staffed.
Some are already serving as volunteers others are EMT's that took the opportunity for extra training.
"We are able to accomplish training that is recognized throughout the country and makes us more proficient firefighters both for our own safety and the safety of the public,” Wayne Theroux of Southampton said.
"We basically see people at their worst and its good to be able to lend a helping hand,” Melissa Start of Westhampton said.
These firefighters went through five months of training as part of their certification.