Four Hamilton Fire Department firefighters graduated Thursday from the Call/Volunteer Firefighter Recruit Training program, class 52.
The Hamilton graduates were Firefighter Zack Dolan, Firefighter/Paramedic Scott MacAskill, Firefighter Justin Mullen and Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Musticchio.
Deputy State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director George D. Kramlinger presented certificates of completion to members of the program in a graduation ceremony at the Pentucket Regional High School in West Newbury on June 4.
The Call/Volunteer Firefighter Recruit Training program is a unique program that includes a recruit training curriculum that meets national standards on nights and weekends to accommodate the schedule of firefighters in suburban and rural areas.
Bringing the training closer to the firefighters, rather than holding it at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Stow often means more firefighters can participate. In 2014, an online eBlended format was introduced that has firefighters doing more work outside of class and taking quizzes online. The miss of online classes allows students more time to practice training skills with instructors and to better control their own workloads and time commitments.
The class included 40 graduates, 38 men and two women, from 21 fire departments. The other fire departments represented in the class included Berlin, Boxford, Essex, Georgetown, Groveland, Ipswich, Lancaster, Lincoln, Lynnfield, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Merrimac, Middleton, Newbury, North Reading, Rockport, Rowley, Sherborn, Templeton, Tyngsborough and West Newbury.
In the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy program, firefighters learn all the skills from certified fire instructors who are also experienced firefighters. Students learn all the basic skills they need to respond to fires and to contain and control them. They are also given training in public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, firefighter self-rescue and vehicle extrication. The program includes classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training and live firefighting practice.
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.
Graduates have completed 240 hours of training on nights and weekends. Upon successful completion of this program, the Hamilton firefighters all met the standards of National Fire Protection Association 1001.