GEORGETOWN — Acting Chief Chuck Savage and the Georgetown Fire Department are pleased to share that Deputy Chief Matt McKay was recently granted accreditation for the level of fire chief from the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission (FSC).
Deputy Chief McKay received his accreditation on Thursday, June 16, based on his fire service experience, education and certifications.
The FSC’s gubernatorial-appointed board has established a process for uniform credentialing for the level of fire chief grounded in education, training and experience in areas relevant to serving as fire chief. The program establishes benchmarks for training in fire and emergency service management so that members of the fire service may be better prepared to serve their department, as well as their community.
“I am proud to be serving the Georgetown community alongside my peers and am dedicated to furthering my education and experience in the fire service field,” Deputy Chief McKay said. “This accomplishment helps realize my goal of being the best fire service leader I can be for my community.”
Each applicant’s documentation is reviewed by a subcommittee of the FSC to determine if they have attained a minimum level of credits for education, training and experience.
“I want to extend congratulations to Deputy Chief McKay for his well-deserved achievement,” Acting Chief Savage said. “He is an asset to our department, and has devoted himself to the Town of Georgetown and furthering his knowledge of fire services to best serve our community.”
Credentialed participants must renew their credentials every three years. The program is open to members of the fire service holding the rank of lieutenant and above in the Commonwealth.
State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “This program allows chief officers to document their efforts to develop and maintain the skills to be an effective leader and manager in today’s fire service. The process provides an equal opportunity for the volunteer, call, or full-time fire service leader to meet the minimum criteria for achieving fire chief accreditation.”