State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA) Director David C. Evans announced the graduation of the three classes that completed the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s fifty-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program. The ceremony took place at the Department of Fire Services in Stow, MA. Class #287 featured 18 Graduates from 10 Fire Departments including Methuen Firefighters Jared LeBlanc (pictured top) and Michael Bodenrader. In response to the pandemic, the 10-week curriculum was reorganized to take advantage of online learning technology while ensuring plenty of practical skill experience on-campus with instructors. LeBlanc and Bodenrader have met the 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. Congratulations to our graduates!