INDIAN ORCHARD, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts welcomed in more than 20 new firefighters in a ceremony in Indian Orchard. 22News was there Friday as those recruits officially became firefighters.
The 24 graduates represented 11 fire departments across Western Massachusetts including Amherst, Springfield, Turners Falls, Ware, and Northampton. The ceremony took place at the Department of Fire Services in Indian Orchard.
State Fire Marshall Peter Ostroskey gave a speech honoring their accomplishments. He later presented certificates to the training class for completing the program at the Springfield Academy. About 19 career recruit training classes are held at the academy in Springfield each year.
Ostroskey said “Our recruit trainers have been out here for these last ten weeks with these new recruits and working with them in their departments to get them ready to begin their firefighting career.”
6 of the 24 new firefighters will be entering the Springfield Fire Department. This was the third training class to have graduated in Springfield.
Ostroskey said a class of 250 recruits will be graduating next week in Stowe.