PLYMOUTH — Chief G. Edward Bradley is pleased to announce that four members of the Plymouth Fire Department graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy today.
Firefighters Colin McHugh, Daniel McGrath, James Delano and Eric Coon were among 16 firefighters from seven departments to graduate from the academy’s Career Recruit Firefighter Training Program Class 291 today, May 7. Graduates were recognized at a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services headquarters in Stow.
“We are proud to announce the graduation of Plymouth Firefighters McHugh, McGrath, Delano and Coon from the Massachusetts Fire Academy today,” Chief Bradley said. “These four individuals have shown a commitment to service as U.S. veterans, and we look forward to them serving the Plymouth community alongside our department.”
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.
Firefighters McHugh, McGrath, Delano and Coon are now certified at the level of Firefighter I and II and in hazardous material operation.
Firefighter McHugh, a United States Navy veteran, will be assigned to Station 1 Group 2. Firefighter McGrath, a United States Marine Corps veteran, will be assigned to Station 1 Group 3. Delano, a United States Air Force veteran and active Massachusetts Air National Guard member, will be assigned to Station 1 Group 3. Firefighter Coon, a United States Army veteran, will be assigned to Station 1 Group 4.
Firefighters McHugh, McGrath, Delano and Coon were appointed to the Plymouth Fire Department on April 6.
The other graduates represent the fire departments of Acton, Haverhill, Lynnfield, Malden, Watertown and Westborough.
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.