NORWOOD — Chief David Hayes is pleased to announce that that five Norwood firefighters graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA) on Aug. 5.
Firefighters Alexander Abboud, Steven Bosse, Stephen Chisholm, Ryan Creen and Joshua Robie were among the 18 graduates from 11 fire departments to graduate from the Academy’s Career Recruit Firefighter Training Program Class #BW21. The graduates completed the 50-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program at the Bridgewater campus.
The graduation ceremony was attended by Chief Hayes, other members of the department and the recruits’ families and friends.
“On behalf of the Norwood Fire Department, I would like to congratulate Firefighters Abboud, Bosse, Chisholm, Creen and Robie on their graduation from the Academy,” Chief Hayes said. “Their successful completion of this intensive training and dedication to building their skills demonstrates their commitment to the fire service and the Norwood community.”
The program teaches the essentials of fire and non-fire conditions, life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation and fire attack. The Graduates are now certified at the level of Firefighter I and II and in hazardous material operation.
“First responders are on the frontlines protecting their communities, and these newest firefighters are needed now more than ever,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “The rigorous professional training they’ve received provides them with the physical, mental, and technical skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely.”
The other 13 graduates represent the fire departments of Attleboro, Bourne, Eastham, Medfield, North Attleboro, Somerset, Taunton, Walpole, Wellfleet and Weymouth.
About 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.