Chief Dean Palombo is pleased to announce that four Nahant firefighters graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy’s Call/Volunteer training program.
Firefighters Douglas Cronin, Tara Driscoll, William Hussey and Evan Scourtas were among 27 graduates from the MFA’s Call/Volunteer Firefighter Training Class 81 who were recognized on Thursday, Feb. 27 at a ceremony held at Masconomet Regional Middle School in Boxford.
The four firefighters were officially sworn into the Nahant Fire Department on Thursday, March 5 at a Board of Selectman meeting.
“We are very proud of our recruits and how they have represented the department,” said Chief Palombo. “They have shown great dedication and diligence over the past four months and excelled throughout the academy. The addition of these four firefighters is a step toward our goal of 25 trained and equipped call firefighters to help better serve our community.”
During the 16 week training, firefighters learned the basic skills they need to respond to fires, including how to contain and control them, public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, firefighter self-rescue and vehicle extrication.
In order to graduate, firefighters completed 240 hours of training, all on nights and weekends, while demonstrating proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation and fire attack in situations ranging from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multi-room structural fires.
The other 23 graduates represent the fire departments of Boxford, Dunstable, Georgetown, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Lynnfield, Middleton, Newbury, Rowley, Topsfield, Tyngsborough and Wenham.