Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Deputy Director Joseph Klucznik presented certificates of completion to members of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training Class #60 on November 2, 2016 at the Department of Fire Services’ Springfield campus.

The Call/Volunteer Firefighter Recruit Training program is unique in that it delivers a standard recruit training curriculum, meeting national standards, on nights and weekends to accommodate the schedule of firefighters in suburban and rural areas. In 2014, an online eBlended format was implemented that has students doing more work outside of class and taking quizzes online. This allows students more time to practice training skills with instructors and to better control their own workloads and time commitments.

The 28 graduates — 25 men and three women  — represent 18 fire department:, Amherst, Cheshire, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, Dalton, East Longmeadow, Great Barrington, Hampden, Lee, Leverett, Monterey, New Marlborough, Palmer, Richmond, South Hadley-District 1, South Hadley-District 2, Southampton and Tolland.

In this Massachusetts Firefighting Academy program, they learn all the skills and more from certified fire instructors who are also experienced firefighters. Students learn 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 intensive program includes classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training and live firefighting practice.

Graduates have completed 240 hours of training on nights and weekends. Upon successful completion of this program, all students have met the standards of National Fire Protection Association 1001. In addition they have the ability to become certified to the level of Firefighter I and II and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational Level by the Massachusetts Fire Training Council, which is accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.

– Fire News photo by Ed Harvey

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Firefighter Tyler Collins with his Grandfather USAF Senior Master Sargent (USAF) Wilbur Hunt, his Uncle Jim Hunt and Lee (MA) Fire Chief Alan Sparks at Collins’ graduation from the fire academy.