Stow Firefighter graduates from Call / Volunteer firefighter training


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Stow firefighter Rachel Vroegindewey graduated from Massachusetts Fire Academy’s Call / Volunteer training program on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of the Stow Fire Department)

STOW – Chief Joseph Landry is pleased to announce that a firefighter from Stow graduated yesterday from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Call / Volunteer training program.

Firefighter Rachel Vroegindewey is one of 40 graduates of the MFA On-Call / Volunteer Training Class 91, who officially completed the Firefighter I / II program on Tuesday, June 29. She has been an active call firefighter and a day shift worker since April 2019.

During the 16-week training program, participants learn the basic skills they need to respond to a fire, including lessons on control and containment, public fire education, mitigation of incidents related to hazardous materials, flammable liquids, stress management, self-rescue and vehicle extrication.

Graduates of the program complete 240 hours of training, nightly and weekends. In order to meet National Fire Protection Association 1001 standards, they are also developing skills in life safety, search and rescue, use of ladders, water supply, operation of pumps and devices. fire attack techniques.

“She is a critical part of the success of a combined fire department and her latest certification is the result of her hard work and firefighting skills.”

The other Class 91 graduates represent the fire departments of Ayer, Boxborough, Boylston, Carlisle, Dunstable, Groton, Groveland, Hopedale, Leicester, Lincoln, Lunenburg, Merrimac, Millville, Plympton, Shirley, Sutton, Templeton, Topsfield , Tyngsborough, West Brookfield and West Newbury.

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