Fred A. Mitchell Jr., Fire Chief
47 Central Street
Georgetown, MA 01833
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Two Georgetown Firefighters Complete HazMat Training
GEORGETOWN — Chief Fred Mitchell and the Georgetown Fire Department announce that two firefighters recently attended the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Hazardous Materials Operations training.
The IAFF HazMat training was held on Aug. 12-13 and hosted by the Topsfield Fire and Rescue Department, teaching firefighters how to effectively respond to a broad scope of hazardous materials that they could come into contact with in the line of duty.
Firefighters Sean Manion and Tom Mulligan represented the Georgetown Fire Department at the program.
“I commend our firefighters for participating in the Hazmat training,” Chief Mitchell said. “These programs are critical for protecting the health and safety of all of our residents, and it’s important that our firefighters possess a diverse set of skills and knowledge in order to be prepared to handle any situation.”
IAFF hosts a wide spectrum of training programs, including dealing with infectious diseases, handling chemicals and conducting rescues in confined spaces. Other courses tackle terrorism-related emergencies and responding to drug-related calls.
The program included a day of classroom instruction followed by a second day of hands-on training with a variety of response scenarios.