Christopher LeClaire, Fire Chief
3 Greenleaf St.
Newburyport, MA 01950
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
NEWBURYPORT — Chief Christopher LeClaire is pleased to announce that Firefighter Maxwell Bayko graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy yesterday.
Firefighter Bayko completed the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program Class 63. The ceremony, which was held at the Pentucket Regional Middle School in Groveland on Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m., recognized 30 men and eight women who successfully completed the rigorous program.
Bayko, 28, is a Newburyport native and 2007 graduate of Newburyport High School. He has been a call firefighter and full-time dispatcher for about a year and is currently in the process of finishing his Emergency Medical Technician course.
“I wish to sincerely congratulate Firefighter Bayko for putting in the extraordinary effort and taking the time to acquire a vital skill set to better serve the people of Newburyport,” Chief LeClaire said. “The training he received will be a great benefit to the department during emergency situations and allow us to better serve our community.”
Firefighters learned the basic skills they need to respond to fires, including how to contain and control them, public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, confined space rescue techniques and rappelling.
To graduate, firefighters were required to complete 240 hours of training, all on nights and weekends, while demonstrating proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation and fire attack in situations ranging from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multi-room structural fires.
The other graduates in the recruit class represent 14 fire departments throughout Essex and Middlesex Counties including: Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Ipswich, Lynnfield, Manchester, Merrimac, Middleton, Nahant, Newbury, Rowley, Tyngsborough, Wenham and West Newbury.