November 13 2017

Two New Firefighters Graduate from Academy

By: Rich Hosford


The Massachusetts Fire Academy held the graduation ceremony for the 258th class fifty-day Career Recruit Firefighter Training Program on November 3 and two new members of the Burlington Fire Department were among the graduates.


In total there were 33 graduates from 20 fire departments. Firefighter/Paramedics Alexander Preece and Stephen White were Burlington’s two graduates and are now working day shifts with the department as part of an ongoing orientation.


The two men were appointed to the department by Town Administrator John Petrin back in May. At the time Chief Yetman said the new hires were part of the continued effort to bolster the Fire Department staff and to focus on hiring paramedics for better ambulance responses. The two appointees came from the of the Civil Service paramedic list which the department was given permission to use by the Board of Selectmen last year.


Before coming to work in Burlington Preece worked for Pro Ambulance for three years and has been a paramedic for one year serving the City of Cambridge and the Emerson Hospital area. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire.

White worked for Pro Ambulance for six years. He has also been a paramedic and field training officer for four years serving the City of Cambridge and the Emerson Hospital area. He attended Franklin Pierce College.


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.

Photo caption: From left, Burlington Fire Chief Steve Yetman, Stephen White, Alexander Preece, Burlington Fire Assistant Chief Michael Patterson. Photo taken on night White and Preece were appointed.


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