March 29 2017
Six Firefighter/Paramedics Appointed to Fire Department
By: Rich Hosford
The Burlington Fire Department added four new members and replaced two retirees and furthered its goal of providing higher-quality medical responses.
During Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting Town Administrator John Petrin appointed six new firefighter/paramedics to the force. Four of the new appointees are filling new positions approved by Town Meeting last May as an effort to bolster the department’s ranks in a world of increasing call volume. Four more new positions will be filled next year.
“In 2016 we conducted a staffing study that recommended eight new firefighters,” Fire Chief Steve Yetman said.
Since that time the Board of Selectmen approved the department’s request to get the Paramedic List from Civil Service. They received 48 names including four veterans and three Burlington residents. Yetman said they interviewed 13 candidates, a relatively high number compared to other hirings.
The six new firefighters/paramedics are:
- Thomas Surette, a Burlington resident who grew up in Woburn and a current member of the Winchester Fire Department (6 years) and Lawrence General Hospital Paramedics. He completed the Massachusetts Fire Academy in 2011 and previously worked for Boston EMS.
- Thomas Monagle, who group up in Billerica and currently works for the Northborough Fire Department (3 years) and Patriot Ambulance. He completed the Massachusetts Fire Academy in 2014.
- Joshua Carabello, who grew up in Danvers and currently works for Cataldo Ambulance (7 years).
- Andrew Masse, who grew up in Arlington and currently works for Armstrong Ambulance (3 years).
- Jesse Ribeiro, who grew up in Medford and currently works for Pro EMS (1 year) and has worked for Armstrong Ambulance.
- Preston Angellucci, who grew up in Billerica and currently works for Cataldo Ambulance. He has previously worked for Armstrong Ambulance.
Petrin said the additions to the Fire Department show the town is moving in the right direction when it comes to better staffing its emergency responders.
“I think this is a significant step forward and the fire administration did a great job highlighting the need for more firefighters,” he said.
The Board of Selectmen vote to waive the normal 15-day waiting period on all Town Administrator appointments was approved 3-0-1 with Selectmen Chris Hartling not in attendance and Selectman Joe Morandi abstaining. Morandi said after the meeting he abstained because he did not agree with a change in the hiring practice that meant some Burlington residents were overlooked because they were not paramedics. He said they could be trained as paramedics once on the job.