GEORGETOWN — Chief Fred A. Mitchell Jr. is pleased to announce that Firefighters Sean Manion Jr. and Bryan Pasdon graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy yesterday.
Firefighters Manion and Pasdon were among 27 graduates from the MFA’s Call/Volunteer Firefighter Training Class 81 who were recognized on Thursday, Feb. 27, at a ceremony held at Masconomet Regional Middle School in Boxford.
During the 16 week 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.
In order to graduate, firefighters completed 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.
“Graduating from the Massachusetts Fire Academy’s program requires rigorous work, time and dedication to the fire service,” Chief Mitchell said. “We’re thrilled to congratulate Firefighters Manion and Pasdon on this accomplishment, and look forward to their assistance in serving the Town of Georgetown.”
Firefighter Manion joined the Georgetown Fire Department on Dec. 12, 2015, and Firefighter Pasdon has been with the department since July 24, 2019.
Firefighters Manion and Pasdon are both EMT certified, and live in Georgetown. Firefighter Manion is also a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, and graduated from Georgetown High School.
Firefighter Pasdon is the son of Ret. Peabody Fire Chief Steve Pasdon, and Firefighter Manion is the son of Revere Fire Deputy Chief Sean Manion Sr.
The other 25 graduates represent the fire departments of Boxford, Dunstable, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Lynnfield, Middleton, Newbury, Rowley, Topsfield, Tyngsborough and Wenham.