PLYMOUTH — Chief G. Edward Bradley and the Plymouth Fire Department are pleased to announce that Firefighter Janet McCarthy graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy today.
On Friday, March 5, Firefighter McCarthy graduated from the 290th class of the Massachusetts Firefighter Academy. Graduates were recognized by Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey at the Department of Fire Services headquarters in Stow with a certificate.
The 10-week program teaches the essentials of fire and non-fire conditions, life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation and fire attack.
Firefighter McCarthy is now certified at the level of Firefighter I and II and in hazardous material operation.
Firefighter McCarthy joined the Plymouth Fire Department in April 2020 and previously served in the Marine Corps. She has also volunteered at the Veterans’ Affairs Hospital assisting disabled veterans. Firefighter McCarthy is a 2008 graduate of Plymouth North High School.
Firefighter McCarthy will be assigned to Group 1 at Station 1.
“We are excited to have Firefighter McCarthy back in Plymouth responding to emergency calls,” Chief Bradley said. “At the academy, our firefighters learn the skills needed to perform their work effectively and safely. I am confident that she will serve the department and the Plymouth community well.”
The other 16 graduates represented the fire departments of Burlington, Devens, Haverhill, Hudson, Nantucket, North Andover, Orleans, Sudbury, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn.
The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy:
At the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, firefighter recruits learn a wide range of skills in an intensive 10-week program. Certified and more experienced firefighters lead classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training and firefighting practice. Students are given training in public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, confined space rescue techniques and rappelling. Upon successful completion of the Recruit Program, all students have met national standards of National Fire Protection Association 1001.