June 18 2018

New Burlington Fire Dept. Recruit Completes Firefighting Academy


A new recruit with the Burlington Fire Department is ready to get on the job.


David Rosenberger, who was appointed to the department in November of last year, finished the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s fifty-day Career Recruit Firefighter Training Program on June 15. He was among 35 firefighters to graduate from the 264th class of the academy.


“This rigorous professional training provides our newest firefighters with the basic skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely,” said Deputy State Fire Marshal Fournier.


The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA), a division of the Department of Fire Services, offers this program tuition-free. The ceremony took place at the Department of Fire Services in Stow.


During the training the students learn to respond to a variety of situations, many of them beyond just fires.


“Today’s firefighters do far more than fight fires,” a release from the Department of Fire Services says. “They are the first ones called to respond to chemical and environmental emergencies, ranging from the suspected presence of carbon monoxide to a gas leak. They may be called to rescue a child who has fallen through the ice or who has locked himself in a bathroom. They rescue people from stalled elevators and those who are trapped in vehicle crashes. They test and maintain their equipment including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), hydrants, hoses, power tools, and apparatus.”


At the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy they learn all the skills necessary to handle the situations above from certified fire instructors who are also experienced firefighters.


Additionally, students learn all the basic skills they need to respond to fires and to contain and control them, the release states. They are also given training in public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, confined space rescue techniques, and rappelling. The intensive, ten-week program for municipal firefighters involves classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training, and live firefighting practice.


Students also are taught all basic firefighter skills, the release states. They practice first under non-fire conditions and then during controlled fire conditions. 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.


Upon successful completion of the Recruit Program all students have met national standards of National Fire Protection Association 1001 and are certified to the level of Firefighter I and II, and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational Level by the Massachusetts Fire Training Council, which is accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.


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