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Friday, March 5, 2010

Firefighters graduate, Carlislean takes top honors

HAPPY GRADUATES. Newly minted firefighters (left to right) Chris Sullivan, Paul Martin, Bill Ho and Lloyd Burke congratulate one another after completing six months of intensive training. (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)

TOPS IN HIS CLASS. Carlisle Fire Chief David Flannery presents Lloyd Burke with the Outstanding Student Award for finishing first out of 49 firefighters. (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)

Nearly half of Massachusetts’ 20,000 firefighters are call/volunteer firefighters, including the firefighters of Carlisle. The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Stow offers a six-month, 180-hour training program, on nights and weekends, for call/volunteer firefighters. The intensive program is comprised of classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training and live firefighting practice, and includes training in hazardous material incident mitigation, water rescue procedures, search and rescue, water supply, and fire attack on structural fires.

Four of Carlisle’s on-call firefighters completed the training in February: Chris Sullivan, Paul Martin, Bill Ho and Lloyd Burke. Burke graduated at the top of the class of 49 firefighters from 23 towns and was presented with the “Martin H. McNamara Outstanding Student Award for Outstanding Commitment and Excellence.”∆


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