On Monday, May 23, Berkley firefighters Joseph Inacio and Justin Bernoskevich were two of 35 graduates of the MFA’s Call/Volunteer #97 training class, which officially graduated from the training program on Monday. The graduates were recognized at a ceremony at Bridgewater State University last night.
“On behalf of the department, I would like to congratulate firefighters Inacio and Bernoskevich on successfully completing their training at the Volunteer and On-Call Firefighter Academy,” said Chief Fournier. “During this training program, they had the opportunity to learn invaluable firefighting skills that they can now put to use in real-life scenarios with our community. I am confident that with this training under their belt, they will more than adequately serve the community.
During the 16-week training program, participants learn the basic skills they need to respond to emergencies, including lessons in fire behavior and suppression, public fire education, the hazmat incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management and self-rescue techniques. The program includes classroom instruction, physical training, firefighter skills training, and actual firefighting practice.
Graduates of the program complete 240 hours of training, all in the evenings and on weekends. To graduate, they must demonstrate proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation, and firefighting techniques. Upon completion of the training, they also met National Fire Protection Association 1001 standards.
Other graduates represented fire departments from Acushnet, Chatham, Dartmouth Fire District 1, Fairhaven, Halifax, Lakeville, Marion, Medway, Plympton,
Raynham, Rehoboth, Rochester, Truro, Wareham and West Bridgewater.