SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – On December 19, 2013, Class #46 of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program will graduate having completed 240 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 39 Graduates, 35 men and four women, represent the 20 fire departments of: Ashburnham, Berlin, Bolton, Dudley, Harvard, Leicester, Littleton, Lunenburg, Oxford, Pepperell, Rutland, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Spencer, Stow, Townsend, Tyngsborough, West Boylston, Westborough, and Westminster.
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 Qualification
In the above photo are – from left to right, Call Lieutenant Chuck Hill, Call Fire Captain Bob Fulginiti Sr., Firefighter Academy Graduate’s Patrick O’Niell and Stacey Meade, Chief Jim Vuona, Firefighter Academy Graduate’s Jim Zack and John Shider.