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March 02, 2015
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Holyoke Firefighters Hockey Club Upcoming Charity Games


Upcoming Charity Games

March 7th Hockey Tournament for "Kaitlins Ride 2015" @ Williston Arena, Easthampton

March 28th vs Westspringfield Fire Dept.

@ Olympia Ice Center, Westspringfield

April 24th-25th Wounded Warrior Tournament

@ Umass Amherst

TBA Games

Chicopee Fire

Poly Plating 

2nd Annual "End of Parade Party"

3 Local 1693 Members Grauate from MFA Career Recruit Firefighter Class #223

Three probationary Holyoke Firefighters were members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #223 which graduated on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA.

Holyoke Firefighters I.A.F.F. Local 1693 would like to congratulate MFA Career Recruit Firefighter Class #223 and wish them a safe on long career in the fire service.

Sunday Morning Fire on North Bridge Street

Group "A" responded to a fire on North Bridge Street at around 10:30 Sunday morning February 1, 2015.

A tractor trailer that was parked inside of the building caused the fire.

When crews arrived on scene, they were able to make it inside the smokey building. Captain Anthony Cerruti said it took a while to locate the fire due to the size of the building and the amount of smoke.

“It was a little nerve racking for our Deputy Chief because it was such a big building. We can only go so far with our hoses. At some point, we rely on the hoses to get us out of buildings in smoky conditions if we’re indeed trapped,” said Cerruti.

For the safety of Firefighters, the building had to be evacuated multiple times to get a headcount of every firefighter.

The fire went to 3 alarms and mutual aid was called in from Chicopee, West Springfield and South Hadley to help control the fire.

Holyoke Firefighters Graduate from MFA

Holyoke Firefighters Local 1693 would like to congratulate our six newest members on their graduation from the Masachusetts Fire Academy.

Today’s Firefighters Do Far More than Fight Fires

Today’s firefighters do far more than fight fires. They are the first ones called to respond to chemical and environmental emergencies ranging from the suspected presence of carbon monoxide to a gas leak. They may be called to rescue a child who has fallen through the ice or who has locked himself in a bathroom. They rescue people from stalled elevators and those who are trapped in vehicle crashes. They test and maintain their equipment including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), hydrants, hoses, power tools, and apparatus.

At the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy they learn all these skills and more from certified fire instructors who are also experienced firefighters. Students learn all the basic skills they need to respond to fires and to contain and control them. They are also given training in public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, confined space rescue techniques, and rappelling. The intensive, 9-week program for municipal firefighters involves classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training and live firefighting practice.

Basic Firefighter Skills

Students receive classroom training in all basic firefighter skills. They practice first under non-fire conditions and then during controlled fire conditions. To graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation, and fire attack. Fire attack operations range from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multiple room structural fires. Upon successful completion of the Recruit Program all students have met national standards of National Fire Protection Association 1001 and are certified to the level of Firefighter I and II, and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational Level by the Massachusetts Fire Training Council, which is accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.

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