Robert B. Lay, Fire Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834
For Immediate Release
Friday, April 29, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Groveland Fire Captain Kurt Ruchala Achieves Accreditation for the Level of Fire Chief
GROVELAND – Chief Robert B. Lay is pleased to announce that Captain Kurt Ruchala of the Groveland Fire Department was granted accreditation for the level of fire chief by the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission (FSC) on April 19.
The FSC is a gubernatorial appointed board that has established a process for uniform credentialing for the level of fire chief based on education, training and experience in areas relevant to serving as fire chief. The program establishes benchmarks for training in fire and emergency service management so that chiefs may be better prepared to serve their department and community.
“The program was developed after extensive research outlining those skills important to today’s fire chief,” said State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey. “The process provides an equal opportunity for the volunteer, call or full-time fire service leader to meet the minimum criteria for achieving fire chief accreditation.”
Each applicant’s documentation is reviewed by a subcommittee of the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission to determine if the individual has attained a minimum level of credits for education, training and experience.
“We are extremely proud of Captain Ruchala for achieving accreditation at the level of fire chief,” Chief Lay said. “He has been a tremendous asset to our department and we are honored to be able to call him one of our own.”
Application for accreditation is open to all fire service members in the Commonwealth serving as chief of a department, or any person holding the rank of captain or above. Participation in the program is voluntary and all eligible personnel are encouraged to partake. Accredited participants are required to renew their credentials every three years.