SHREWSBURY — Chief James Vuona and the Shrewsbury Fire Department are pleased to announce that three firefighter recruits have graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy.
On Tuesday, June 21, Firefighters Adonis Calderon, Julian Quijano, and Dominic Sassone graduated from the 99th Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighting Training class of the Massachusetts Fire Academy. Graduates were recognized by State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey with certificates at the Department of Fire Services in Stow.
To graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation, and fire attack. Fire attack operations range from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multiple-room structural fires.
Firefighters Calderon, Quijano, and Sassone completed 240 hours of training on nights and weekends, involving classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training, and live firefighting practice.
Upon successful completion of this program, students have now met the standards for National Fire Protection Association 1001. Additionally, graduates now have the ability to become certified in Firefighter I and II, and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations training by the Massachusetts Fire Training Council, which is accredited by the National Board on the Fire Professional Qualifications.
Firefighters Calderon, Quijano, and Sassone were among 28 recruits who graduated from the Stow campus, representing Boxborough, Douglas, Dover, Grafton, Hardwick, Haverhill, Lunenburg, Mendon, Northbridge, Paxton, Princeton, Royalston, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Stow, Tisbury, and Weston.