Firefighter I & II: Class of 2019 Graduation & Awards Ceremony
In 2018, our department began the process of assembling a Firefighter I & II course held at our station. Under the guidance of Fire Instructor, Joe Nedder, the course began in January 2019. Mr. Nedder has been an on-call firefighter for 36 years, serving in various ranks. He retied from the Uxbridge (MA) Fire Department in 2013 and has been involved in training for more than 30 years. He has taught at FDIC International from 2010 to 2017 and has written for Fire Engineering. Mr. Nedder is the founder and lead instructor of Cross St. Associates, and is the author of Rapid Intervention Crews.
Our then lead training officer Deputy Chief Shawn Broadley worked tirelessly to assist in leading these men and women to their full potential.
On February 15, 2020, 10 department members graduated from the Firefighter I & II Course as the Class of 2019. After over 245 hours of classroom education, practical training, drills, and exams, they earned the title of Firefighter.
Head of Class: Firefighter Alicia Rabbitt
Fastest Personal Protective Equipment Donning: Firefighter Marc Levesque
Best Attendance: Firefighter Antone deBettencourt
Leadership: 1st Lieutenant Matthew Bradley & Captain Kyle Gatchell
Most Improved: Entire Class of 2019
Brotherhood in Fellowship Award: Joe Nedder & the Cross St. Associate Team
Retired polished fire ax engraved with the entire Class of 2019's names and Deputy Chief Shawn Broadley's name: Joe Nedder