Friday, March 5, 2010
Firefighters graduate, Carlislean takes top honors
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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