Northborough firefighter graduates from state firefighting academy
Region – Thomas R. Monagle graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s (MFA) Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program in a ceremony held at the Department of Fire Services in Stow July 18. Monagle, from the Northborough Fire Department, was one of 22 graduates from 11 fire departments from across the state. He joined the department in December 2013, starting out as a paramedic.
The training program is a 45- day long curriculum designed to help firefighters learn basic skills effectively and safely, according to Deputy State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey.
The MFA, a division of the Department of Fire Services, offers this program, tuition-free, according to a press release from the MFA. Students receive classroom training in all basic firefighter skills. They practice first under non-fire conditions and then during controlled fire conditions. 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.
Upon successful completion of the Recruit Program all students have met national standards of National Fire Protection Association 1001 and are 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.
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