The story of the Nickerson fire begins and continues with the Sterling Fire Department
STERLING – For Robert Nickerson, his road started in Sterling … and brings him back.
Nickerson recently joined the Sterling Fire Department full time, having started his career here.
Nickerson started his career as a volunteer EMT with Sterling EMS in 1994 and has kept his hand in the department all those years.
“I continued to volunteer until I returned to school and obtained my Paramedic Certification in 2000, then immediately began training as a firefighter. I was hired in 2003 as a Sterling’s first full-time paramedic, ”he said.
His career has taken him to many areas of service, including one that deals with water rather than fire.
“I quickly joined the Sterling Dive Team and became a certified lifeguard diver, and still am today,” said Nickerson. “Shortly thereafter, I was hired as a part-time paramedic by UMass / Memorial Worcester EMS, providing advanced life-saving assistance to the City of Worcester.”
Nickerson worked full time for the Sterling Fire Department until late 2009 when he was offered a position with the Holden Fire Department.
“While working for Holden full time, I have always remained an active firefighter / paramedic for Sterling,” he added. “Holden sent me to Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, where I completed the 12-week career academy course in the top 5 of my # 190 class.”
Holden Fire being bigger and busier than Sterling, Nickerson said he received “an incredible amount of experience and specialized training / certifications”.
“Over the past five to six years, I have specialized as a fire and explosion investigator, investigating all fires to determine their cause and origin,” he said. “In some cases, I have had the pleasure of learning while working alongside the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Office of the Fire Marshal.”
In early August, Nickerson was offered a full-time position with the Sterling Fire Department.
“As I continued to keep control of the operations of this department, I was amazed at the level of growth of the city, the increase in call volume, the experience and professionalism of the on-time staff. full, ”NIckerson said. “It was a great opportunity for me to return to the department where I started my career, and to bring back and share some of the knowledge and experience that I have gained throughout my career. “