State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Canton Fire Chief Charles Doody announced recently the graduation of Canton Firefighter/Paramedic Keith Ryan from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s 60-day Recruit Firefighting Program on June 22, 2012.
“This rigorous professional training provides our newest firefighters with the basic skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely,” Coan said.
The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA), a division of the Department of Fire Services, offers this program, tuition-free. The ceremony took place at the Department of Fire Services in Stow, Mass.
Ryan is the son of Joyce and Larry Ryan of Canton.
Basic Firefighter Skills
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.
– Press Release Canton Fire Department