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Three academy grads join Fire Department

3firefighters 300 10617New firefighters, from left, Marshall, Curran and Caterino. / Photo via Patch

Three firefighters have been added to the Arlington force -- Robert S. Marshall, Michael J. Curran and Alexander D. Caterino.

All graduated from the state academy and are serving the town -- not only fighting fires, but responding to chemical and environmental emergencies, among incidents they expect to face.

"This rigorous professional training provides our newest firefighters with the basic skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely," state Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said in a statement.

The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, a division of the Department of Fire Services, offers this program tuition-free. A ceremony to welcome the graduates of class No. 257 took place Sept. 29 at the Department of Fire Services in Stow. 

Of the class, 33 graduated, including three women representing the 20 fire departments. Everett Fire Lt. Gary Ostler, a member of the federal Urban Search and Rescue Team that responded to Houston after Hurricane Harvey spoke to the new firefighters at their graduation.

They rescue people from stalled elevators and those who are trapped in vehicle crashes. They test and maintain their equipment including self-contained breathing apparatus, hydrants, hoses, power tools and apparatus.

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At the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy they learn all these skills and others from certified fire instructors who are also experienced firefighters.

Students learn all 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, confined space rescue techniques, and rappelling. The intensive, 10-week program for municipal firefighters involves classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training and live firefighting practice. 

This news announcement was published Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. It is based on the story headlined "Arlington Gets 3 New Firefighters" in an Oct. 2 Patch newsletter. 

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