GEORGETOWN — Chief Fred Mitchell is pleased to announce that Firefighters Michael McManus and Tricia Morrison graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy this February.
Firefighters McManus and Morrison were among 24 graduates from the MFA’s Call/Volunteer Firefighter Training Class 74 who were recognized on Thursday, Feb. 28, at a ceremony held at Masconomet Regional Middle School in Boxford.
During the training, firefighters learned the basic skills they need to respond to fires, including how to contain and control them, public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, firefighter self-rescue and vehicle extrication.
To graduate, firefighters were required to complete 240 hours of training, all on nights and weekends, while demonstrating proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation and fire attack in situations ranging from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multi-room structural fires.
Both Firefighters McManus and Morrison are Georgetown residents and are EMT certified. Firefighter McManus joined the Georgetown Fire department in May 2016, and Firefighter Morrison joined the department in August 2018.
At the ceremony, Firefighter Morrison was awarded the Martin H. McNamara award, which is given to one student in each class to recognize his or her outstanding performance, and is based on practical skill applications and academic exams for the program.
“Completing this program is a significant accomplishment, and I’m proud of Firefighters McManus and Morrison for representing our department so well,” Chief Mitchell said. “Firefighter Morrison excelled academically and in performing practical skills, and to be recognized with the Martin H. McNamara award reflects her tenacity and dedication to serving the people of Georgetown.”
The other 23 graduates represent the fire departments of Boxford, Essex, Groveland, Ipswich, Lynnfield, Rockport, Sherborn, Tyngsborough, Wenham, West Newbury and Weston.