Fred A. Mitchell Jr., Fire Chief
47 Central Street
Georgetown, MA 01833
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Georgetown Firefighters Graduate from State Firefighting Academy
GEORGETOWN — Chief Fred Mitchell is pleased to announce that two firefighters from the Georgetown Fire Department graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy yesterday.
Firefighters Daniel Higgins and Daniel Manning completed the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training Class 63. The ceremony, which was held at Pentucket Regional Middle School in Groveland on Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m., recognized 30 men and eight women.
Firefighter Manning, 21, joined the department in August 2014. He previously served as the Vice President of the Georgetown Explorer Post 81. As part of his training, Firefighter Manning received a certificate of completion from Federal Emergency Management Agency Incident Command System 100, 200 and 700. He currently works for Shea Concrete.
Firefighter Higgins, 26, joined the department in September 2015. He is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician and has a certificate of completion from FEMA ISC 100, 200 and 700. Firefighter Higgins is part-owner of All Pro Window Cleaning Service.
“I would like to congratulate Firefighter Higgins and Firefighter Manning on completing such a time consuming and rigorous training program,” Chief Mitchell said. “It’s no easy feat to graduate from the fire academy, and I know they will be an essential asset to the department and to the Georgetown community.”
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, confined space rescue techniques and rappelling.
To graduate, firefighters were required to complete 240 hours of training on nights and weekends, while demonstrating proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation and fire attack (ranging from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multi-room structural fires).
The remaining graduates represent the 14 fire departments of Boxford, Groveland, Ipswich, Lynnfield, Manchester, Merrimac, Middleton, Nahant, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Tyngsborough, Wenham and West Newbury.