SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director David C. Evans announced that 21 recruits graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s 50 day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program.
“Today is an exciting day to see these recruits complete their training,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey. “This rigorous professional training provides our newest firefighters with the basic skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely,” said Ostroskey. “Being able to provide training closer to where western Massachusetts firefighters live and work has long been a goal of the Department of Fire Services and the fire service leadership,” he added.
The 21 graduates, three women and 18 men, represent the eight fire departments of Agawam, Holyoke, Northampton, Northbridge, Oxford, Springfield, Westborough and Westfield.
The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy is tuition-free. Recruits learn skills from certified fire instructors who are also experienced firefighters. Students learn all the basic skills they need to respond to fires and to contain and control them. They are also given 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.