November 27 2018

New Burlington Firefighter/Paramedic Connor MacLean Graduates Academy

By: Rich Hosford



 

The Massachusetts Fire Academy held the graduation ceremony for the 268th class fifty-day Career Recruit Firefighter Training Program on November 19 and one new members of the Burlington Fire Department were among the graduates.

 

Burlington Firefighter/Paramedic Connor MacLean was part of the 38-member graduating class, representing 28 fire departments from around the state, that are now ready to begin their careers in the field.   

 

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

 

Burlington Fire Chief Steve Yetman said MacLean is filling an open vacancy in the ranks of the department. He is a certified paramedic, which will help with the department’s recent push to switch from Basic Life Support to Advanced Life Support.

MacLean is a native of Newburyport who was raised in Amesbury. He is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and actually took the EMT course while still in high school. He hold an Associates Degree in Fire Science from North Shore Community College and received a Firefighter 1 certification through the New Hampshire Fire Academy.

MacLean earned his Paramedic Certification in 2017 from the New England EMS Institute/Elliot Hospital and qualified for both the state and national certifications. He is also certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support as well as Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

 

During the Massachusetts Fire Academy students receive classroom training in all basic firefighter skills, the graduation announcement states. They also do a lot of hands-on training, 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 structural fires.

 

“Today’s firefighters do far more than fight fires,” a release on the graduation from the MFA states. “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.”

Photo Caption: Firefighter/Paramedic Connor MacLean with Fire Chief Steve Yetman following the graduation in Stowe (Courtesy photo).

 

 
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