Four Taunton firefighters graduate from Massachusetts Firefighting Academy

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TAUNTON – Chief Timothy Bradshaw is pleased to announce that four Taunton firefighters graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA) last week.

On Friday, March 4, Taunton firefighters Griffin Galligan, Garret Babbit, Josh Callanan and Seth Lima were among 26 firefighters representing 12 fire departments graduating from the MFA’s Career Recruitment Firefighter Training Class 299. Graduates were recognized at a ceremony at the Massachusetts Department. from the fire services headquarters in Stow on Friday.

The 10-week program teaches the essentials of fire and non-fire conditions, life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, operation of the pump and fire attack. After graduating from the academy, firefighters Galligan, Babbit, Callanan and Lima are now certified as firefighters I/II and certified in Hazmat operations.

“Firefighters Galligan, Babbit, Callanan and Lima all bring different experiences and perspectives to the Taunton Fire Service and I look forward to seeing how each respective firefighter will progress within our service,” Chief Bradshaw said. “I wish them all the best as they embark on their new career path of service to the Taunton community.”

Firefighter Babbit graduated from Dighton-Rehoboth High School in 2013 and worked as a licensed barber before being appointed Taunton Firefighter.

Firefighter Callanan graduated from Taunton High School in 2005 and Roxbury Community College in 2011 with an associate degree. Prior to joining the Taunton Fire Service, Firefighter Callanan worked as an X-ray Technician at Morton Hospital in Taunton.

Firefighter Galligan graduated from Coyle Cassidy High School in 2015. He previously worked for the Martignetti Corporation, an alcohol distribution warehouse in Taunton, before joining the department. Her father, Lt. Greg Galligan, is a 35-year veteran of the Taunton Fire Department.

Firefighter Lima graduated from Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School in 2006 and had worked in the Department of Corrections since 2013 before joining Taunton Fire.

Firefighters Galligan, Babbit, Callanan and Lima are all temporarily assigned to Engine 1 at Central Station for the time being. They will begin their E-911 training and certifications in the coming weeks. Once certified, they will be assigned to the dispatch center before being assigned to an engine company.

The other 22 graduates represented the fire departments of Beverly, Chelmsford, Devens, Douglas, Framingham, North Andover, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Wayland, Wellfleet and Wilmington.

The Massachusetts Fire Academy:

At the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, firefighter recruits learn a wide range of skills in an intensive 10-week program. Certified and more experienced firefighters lead classroom instruction, physical training, firefighter skills training, and firefighting practice. Students receive training in public fire education, hazmat incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, confined space rescue techniques, and rappelling. Upon successful completion of the recruiting program, all students have met National Fire Protection Association 1001 national standards.

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