Chief Timothy Clancy is pleased to announce that Whitman Firefighter Joseph Lasko graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy (MFA) on Friday.
On Friday, June 16, Lasko was one of 24 local firefighters who graduated with the Career Recruit Firefighting Class #BW25 at the Bridgewater campus.
"On behalf of the entire department, I want to congratulate Firefighter Lasko on this achievement," said Chief Clancy. "I wish him luck as he begins his career serving the Town of Whitman."
The 50-day MFA program prepares firefighters for basic firefighting, including search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation, fire attack and life safety lessons, as well as non-fire responses and hazardous material response.
The other graduating firefighters of Class #BW25 represent the fire departments of Barnstable, Bridgewater, Chatham, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Eastham, Framingham, Hingham, Norwell, Peabody, Raynham, Rockland, Seekonk and Wellfleet.
“First responders are on the frontlines protecting their communities, and these newest firefighters are needed now more than ever,” said State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey.
“The rigorous professional training they’ve received provides them with the physical, mental, and technical skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely.”
About 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.
About 14,000 firefighters have graduated from the Career Recruit Training program in more than 450 classes.