BERKLEY — Chief Scott Fournier is pleased to announce that two Berkley firefighters graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Call/Volunteer training program.
Firefighters Christopher Connors and Corey Inacio are two of the 30 graduates from the MFA’s Call/Volunteer Training Class 93, which officially graduated from the training program on Monday.
Firefighter Connors worked for private ambulance companies as an EMT and paramedic for several years. He was recently appointed to the department fulltime. Firefighter Inacio is an on-call member of the department, working in the construction industry by day.
During the 16-week training program, participants learn the basic skills they need to respond to emergencies, including lessons on fire behavior and suppression, public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management and self-rescue techniques. The program involves classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training and live firefighting practice.
Graduates of the program complete 240 hours of training, all on nights and weekends. To graduate, they must demonstrate proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation and fire attack techniques. Upon completion of the training, they have also met the standards of National Fire Protection Association 1001.
“Both Firefighter Connors and Firefighter Inacio have proven to be invaluable to our department in the time they have been with us, and I congratulate them both on their graduation,” Chief Fournier said. “This training provides them with valuable firefighting skills and knowledge and I am confident they will continue to serve our community well.”
Other graduates of Class 93 represent the fire departments of Acushnet, Dartmouth Fire District 1, Dartmouth Fire District 2, Dartmouth Fire District 3, Fairhaven, Freetown, Halifax, Marion, Mattapoisett, Middleborough, Rehoboth and Wareham.