GLOUCESTER — Chief Eric Smith is pleased to announce that a Gloucester firefighter graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy today.
Firefighter Lukas McRobb, was among 38 firefighters from 28 departments to graduate from the academy’s 268th class. Graduates were recognized at a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services headquarters in Stow.
The 10-week program teaches the essentials of fire and non-fire conditions, life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation and fire attack. Firefighter McRobb is now certified at the level of Firefighter I and II and in hazardous materials first responder operation.
“We’re excited to have firefighter McRobb back from the academy and serving the Gloucester community,” Chief Smith said. “The rigorous professional training will make him an asset to this department.”
The other 37 graduates represented the fire departments of Acton, Burlington, Canton, Chelsea, Danvers, East Bridgewater, Fairhaven, Fitchburg, Gardner, Hanover, Haverhill, Hingham, Hopkinton, Maynard, Methuen, Newton, North Andover, Norwell, Randolph, Scituate, Seekonk, Walpole, Wayland, Wellfleet, West Bridgewater, Westford and Weymouth.
The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy:
At the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, firefighter recruits learn a wide range of skills in an intensive 10-week program. Certified and more experienced firefighters lead classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training and firefighting practice. Students are given training in public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, confined space rescue techniques and rappelling. Upon successful completion of the Recruit Program, all students have met national standards of National Fire Protection Association 1001.