Showing posts with label fire fighter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fire fighter. Show all posts

Sunday, March 8, 2020

In the News: Firefighters serve seniors traditional Irish meal; some residents don't like the civil discourse pledge

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"St. Patrick’s Day came early to the Franklin Senior Center on Friday, as members of the Fire Department spent lunchtime serving plates of corned beef and cabbage, with potatoes and carrots, to a few dozen seniors.

Although the Lenten season has begun, Catholics in the group had no need to worry about enjoying the classic St. Patty’s day meal instead of sticking with fish and vegetables.

Firefighters had that covered.

“Maybe next year we’ll try not to plan it on a Friday during Lent,” said firefighter/paramedic Doug Perro, going on to quip, “However, we talked to Father Brian (Manning, of the Parish of St. Mary), so you get a special dispensation ... if you’re over 59.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200307/franklin-firefighters-dish-up-new-tradition/1

"That’s what the Franklin Fire Department is all about."
"That’s what the Franklin Fire Department is all about."

"A civil discourse pledge has upset dozens of residents who say the Town Council is targeting free speech rights when it comes to their – and certain councilors’ – online activity. One resident has even suggested it’s a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

While the proposed pledge originally stated that a councilor’s participation on certain social media channels could violate the Massachusetts’ Open Meeting Law statute, a crowded meeting room applauded as council Chairman Tom Mercer suggested a slight amendment to the pledge toward the end of Wednesday’s meeting.

On Wednesday, councilors approved the Civil Discourse Pledge, Resolution 20-14, which was originally drafted by Town Administrator Jaime Hellen and the Town Council. The resolution follows a series of related administrative actions, starting in 2018 with harassment training for all municipal employees, said Hellen in a memorandum dated Feb. 7.

Designed as an aspiration for the town to make everyone in the community feel welcome, the amended resolution was approved, 6-2-1. Councilors Andrew Bissanti and Eamon McCarthy Earls were opposed, and Matt Kelly abstained."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200307/civil-discourse-resolution-riles-some-franklin-residents

The audio file for the citizen comments and the civil discourse discussion can be found here  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/03/fm-218-town-council-citizen-comments.html


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Town Council - Recap - July 24, 2019

With a full Town Council membership present for the only meeting in July, the Council took care of business in just under an hour.

Three new fire fighters were sworn in and made the congratulatory rounds

Benjamin Connell, Dana Kent, and Mathew LaFleur being sworn in by Town Clerk Teresa Burr
Benjamin Connell, Dana Kent, and Mathew LaFleur being sworn in by Town Clerk Teresa Burr

It was no surprise that one of the public hearings scheduled was moved to a future meeting. The matter concerning the West Central Street Zoning was moved to September 18, 2019 at 7:10 PM. This is the matter currently in the courts concerning the D'Errico proposal for the property that the Planning Board denied a resubmittal of.

Clearview Drive was formally accepted as a road by the Town continuing their efforts to reduce the number of roads in this 'unaccepted' cagtegory.

The water ban was mentioned during the Town Administrators update. The root cause has not been finalized but it seems to have been caused by lightning. The machinery is operational and the DPW is waiting for the holding tanks to return to acceptable levels before releasing the ban. There was no timeline indicated for this but hopefully it will be soon.  Due to the quick response by DPW and Fire Dept the damage was limited and may amount to a couple of hundred thousand dollars instead of being significantly more.


The official Actions Taken document for this meeting was published
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/news/town_council_actions_taken_for_july_24_2019.pdf

My notes reported live during the meeting can be found below
  • Live reporting: from Town Administrator report to ...
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/07/live-reporting-from-town-administrator.html
  • Live reporting: Public Hearings - Legislation for ...
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/07/live-reporting-public-hearings.html
  • Live Reporting: Town Council - July 24, 2019
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/07/live-reporting-town-council-july-24-2019.html

The agenda and documents released for the meeting can be found
https://www.franklinma.gov/town-council/agenda/july-24-town-council-agenda 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Town of Franklin is hiring for these positions

Job Opportunities

To apply for a vacant position, please submit a resume and cover letter to apply@franklinma.gov.  Please put the job title in the subject line of your email.  
  • Part-Time Library Assistant 
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/library-assistant-external-posting-april252019.pdf
  • Heavy Motor Equipment Operator - Department of Public Works 
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/hmeo-external-posting-march282019.pdf
  • Administrative Assistant and Marketing Coordinator 
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/admin.asst_.marketing-posting-march222019.pdf
  • Part-Time Conservation Agent
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/conservation-agent-posting-feb2019.pdf
  • Summer Jobs - DPW and Facilities
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/summer-jobs-posting-feb2019.pdf
  • Summer Engineering Intern - DPW 
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/engineeringintern-posting-feb2019.pdf
  • Junior Building Custodian
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/jr-custodian-updated-feb262019.pdf
  • Part-Time Custodian 
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/part-time.custodian-posting-october2018_0.pdf
  • Firefighter/Paramedics - The Town of Franklin's Fire Department is in the Massachusetts Civil Service system. 
    • If you are currently a Firefighter/Paramedic in a Civil Service community and are interested in working for Franklin, send a resume and cover letter to apply@franklinma.gov
    • Please note: new hires must have and maintain a paramedic certification and complete an Associate's Degree within 5 years of the date they are hired.   
If you do not have a resume, you may send a completed Application for Employment instead.

The Town of Franklin is hiring for these positions
The Town of Franklin is hiring for these positions

Monday, March 11, 2019

In the News: Franklin resident graduates from firefighting program; Stop & Shop unions vote to authorize strike

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

Franklin resident graduates from firefighting recruit program
"Two local firefighters are among 36 who graduated last Friday from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s 50-day Career Recruit Firefighter Training Program. 
Students receive classroom training in all basic firefighter skills. To graduate, they 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. 
“This rigorous professional training provides our newest firefighters with the basic skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely,” said State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190310/franklin-medway-residents-graduate-from-firefighting-recruit-program


Stop & Shop unions vote to authorize strike
"Continuing their fight for a fair new contract, members of three more local Stop & Shop unions voted Sunday to authorize a strike against the Quincy-based company including a group at Ambrosia’s Wedding & Events. 
More than 1,000 members of Local Union 328, the largest Stop & Shop union group, met two weeks after the first store union voted to authorize the strike. Richard Wright, a meat cutter at Stop and Shop and a member of the Local 328 executive board, said workers want to be fairly compensated. 
“We’re not asking for the world,” he said. “We just want to keep our fair share in what goes on. We are the people that run their stores. We are the face of Stop & Shop. We do all their work for them. We’ve been doing it for years, and it’s a slap in the face to us what their proposals are and just to cast us aside.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190310/stop-amp-shop-unions-vote-to-authorize-strike

Stop & Shop unions vote to authorize strike
Stop & Shop unions vote to authorize strike

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities for Custodian, Electrician, Firefighter/Paramedics

To apply for a vacant position, please submit a resume and cover letter to apply@franklinma.gov.  Please put the job title in the subject line of your email.  
  • Junior Building Custodian - Davis Thayer Elementary School 
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/jr.custodian-posting-dt-dec2018.pdf
  • Town Electrician 
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/electrician-jobposting-oct2018.pdf
  • Part-Time Custodian 
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/part-time.custodian-posting-october2018_0.pdf
  • Firefighter/Paramedics - The Town of Franklin's Fire Department is in the Massachusetts Civil Service system. 
    • If you are currently a Firefighter/Paramedic in a Civil Service community and are interested in working for Franklin, send a resume and cover letter to apply@franklinma.gov
    • Please note: new hires must have and maintain a paramedic certification and complete an Associate's Degree within 5 years of the date they are hired.   
If you do not have a resume, you may send a completed Application for Employment form instead
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/application_for_employment_-_town_of_franklin.pdf

To receive notifications of all job opportunities in the Town of Franklin, subscribe here
https://www.franklinma.gov/subscribe

Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities for Custodian, Electrician, Firefighter/Paramedics
Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities for Custodian, Electrician, Firefighter/Paramedics

Friday, October 5, 2018

Franklin Residents: Job Opportunities

  • Police Patrol Officer - candidates must be graduates of the Full-time Basic Massachusetts Police Training Committee (MPTC) Academy or equivalent
  • Part-Time Custodian 
  • Firefighter/Paramedics - The Town of Franklin's Fire Department is in the Massachusetts Civil Service system. 
    • If you are currently a Firefighter/Paramedic in a Civil Service community and are interested in working for Franklin, send a resume and cover letter to apply@franklinma.gov
    • Please note: new hires must have and maintain a paramedic certification and complete an Associate's Degree within 5 years of the date they are hired.   
To apply for a vacant position, please submit a resume and cover letter to apply@franklinma.gov.  Please put the job title in the subject line of your email.
If you do not have a resume, you may send a completed Application for Employment instead.

To receive notifications of all job opportunities in the Town of Franklin, subscribe http://www.franklinma.gov/subscribe

Franklin Residents: Job Opportunities
Franklin Residents: Job Opportunities

Monday, April 2, 2018

Town Council - recap - March 28, 2018

The town Council meeting on Wednesday, March 28 opened with the swearing in of Firefighter Paramedic Peter Ballou. Peter was introduced by Chief Gary McCarragher and sworn in by Town Clerk Teresa Burr.

Peter Ballou was sworn in by Town Clerk Teresa Burr
Peter Ballou was sworn in by Town Clerk Teresa Burr
Councilor Mercer was participating remotely so all votes were via roll call.

There was some discussion on the measure moving through the State legislative process to establish an animal registry before taking some action to endorse it. The measure was discussed and commented on. Any action to endorse it would be scheduled for future session.

The only vote of significance was to approve a measure to upgrade the town's phone system with a new one via a lease arrangement which would provide a good savings over a purchase.

The official Action Taken document as published by the Town of Franklin.




Saturday, December 2, 2017

In the News: fire fighter health issues; coyote population on rise; Cape Wind ceases operation

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"For firefighters across the country, there is a growing realization that a major danger they face lies not just in the flames they battle, but in the fumes they breathe and the toxic soot they touch. 
“I can’t think of a fire department or firefighter who doesn’t know someone who’s gone through battling cancer or been touched by cancer or sadly had a death too close to home,” said Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey. “We’re really trying to sound the alarm on this and make sure people are conscious of this.” 
In Massachusetts, the issue of cancer rates for firefighters resurfaced earlier this fall, when Arlington Deputy Fire Chief Stephen Porciello and Watertown Fire Chief Mario Orangio died within a month of each other due to cancers likely related to their work."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20171201/firefighters-battle-hidden-risk-of-cancer

Franklin's Main St fire station at night
Franklin's West Central St fire station at night


"Once completely foreign to Massachusetts, coyotes have become increasingly common throughout the state, turning up in rural, suburban, and even, urban areas. 
“We’re now pretty well saturated with coyotes in this state,” said Dave Wattles, a biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. “They started to colonize this state in the 1950s, and we’re now seeing the far end of that colonization. We now have coyotes in every mainland town in the state, and in relatively high densities. All available habitat is occupied by coyotes. 
While physical encounters with people are uncommon, the topic of coyote attacks in Massachusetts gained new attention in November after a rabid coyote attacked two people in North Attleboro. The Nov. 20 incident represents the eighth and ninth coyote attacks on humans since the 1950s."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20171201/coyote-population-saturates-massachusetts


"Cape Wind is ceasing development of its wind farm and giving up its federal lease, according to the Cape Cod Times.
 
Once well positioned to become the nation’s first off-shore wind farm, the project has been buffeted by legal challenges and trapped in financial doldrums. 
“Cape Wind has confirmed to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that it has ceased development of its proposed offshore wind farm project in Nantucket Sound and has filed to terminate its offshore wind development lease that was issued in 2010,” Cape Wind vice president Dennis Duffy told the Times."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20171201/cape-wind-gives-up-on-plan-for-nantucket-sound-wind-farm


Saturday, October 21, 2017

"You see your fellow Americans suffering, and we feel compelled to help”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Lt. Keith Darling sat in his office at the fire station on Friday afternoon listening to the scanner for the last time before he departs on his latest hurricane relief mission. On Sunday, he leaves for a two-week deployment to Puerto Rico to aid in the island’s restoration efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria. 
Once Darling lands in the US territory, he is unclear of his next move. 
With pride and a bit of anxiety, Darling explained that he is not sure where on the island he would be or what he would be doing. He said there would more than likely be no electricity, which means no air conditioning, and no internet access for the most part. But most concerning to him, it means limited contact to his wife and two children. 
“I guess the biggest problem anyone would have trouble with is not knowing what’s going to happen,” he said."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20171021/franklin-firefighteremt-leaving-for-puerto-rico

devastation in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico
devastation in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

In the News: #2069 signs; "Cradled in Light" release; fire fighter boot campaign a success

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"On lawns around the area, rectangular white signs with ”#2069″ on them have been cropping up over the last several weeks -- like Tweets that have escaped the confines of the internet to become viral, in-living-color messages. 
They are not Mass DEP permit numbers, or advertisements for a new website, but rather a message from a Wrentham faith community and a Franklin support organization to bring attention to the opioid crisis that has been a prominent concern in Massachusetts and across the nation. 
The #2069 yard signs - distributed through a cooperative effort of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Wrentham and the Franklin S.A.F.E. Coalition - are a reminder that in 2016, in Massachusetts alone, 2,069 people died as a direct result of opioid abuse and addiction. 
Rev. Ron Tibbetts, a deacon at Trinity Church, said the signs are not intended simply as a memorial to those who have lost their battle against opioid addiction, but also serve as “a call for deeper awareness of this epidemic in our midst.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20171009/whats-with-all-2069-signs

Trinity Episcopal Church in Wrentham and the Franklin S.A.F.E. Coalition
Trinity Episcopal Church in Wrentham and the Franklin S.A.F.E. Coalition


"A celebration of the release of the new mantra meditation CD, “Cradled in Light,” will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Franklin Yoga and Wellness. 1256 W. Central St. #2. 
“Cradled in Light” is the premier CD of singer, composer and Franklin resident Pamela McIntyre. Over the last year and a half, Pamela has been collaborating with California producer and musician Jack Lee to create this uplifting music. 
Light refreshments will be provided. 
For information: http://divinemoves.com; http://franklinyoga.com.

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20171009/strongcradled-in-light-release-party-set-for-oct-22strong


"Members of the Franklin Fire Fighters Local 2637 of the Professional Fire Fighters Association, together with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, raised $10,050 in the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility. 
With the help of current and past supporters, sponsors and partners, the organization will make it possible to double research investment, help 50,000 more families and send 20,000 kids to camp for free by 2020. The Fill the Boot program started in Boston more than 60 years ago."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20171009/strongfranklin-fire-fighters-raise-funds-for-muscular-dystrophystrong

Thursday, September 28, 2017

4th Annual "Choggy Strong" Firefighter Fundraiser - Oct 7


On July 29, 2014, while off duty, my friend and fellow Taunton Firefighter, Chad "Choggy" Larivee suffered a severe spinal cord injury, resulting from a fall from a roof. Chad, along with two other off duty firefighters, was repairing a roof when Chad fell approximately twenty-five feet. Chad was immediately flown to Rhode Island Hospital Trauma Center where he underwent over 9 hours of extensive surgery. At that time it was determined that Chad's accident had left him paralyzed. 
 
Upon receiving this devastating news, Chad's brother and sister firefighters, friends, and family did what they do best and jumped into action. Knowing the possible financial struggles that come with an accident like this, the Taunton firefighters kicked their fundraising efforts into high gear.
 
In this past 3 years Chad and his family have had to make some major adjustments. Many of these adjustments were facilitated by the people and local businesses that donated to, and or attended the past years fundraisers. The donations have also helped to offset the cost of some of Chad's much needed therapy, which is not covered by medical insurance. 
 
The members of the Taunton Fire Department, along with Chad's family and friends, are coming together once again to hold our 4th Annual "Choggy Strong" Firefighter Fundraiser. We are currently seeking raffle prize donations that will be used during our event to be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the PACC in Taunton. Please consider donating, so that we can help assist our brother firefighter and his family in their continued fight. If you or your business is able to donate, please contact Anne Gilberti at 508-667-4066 or annegilberti@yahoo.com.
 
Thank you in advance for your continued support.
 
Tim O'Leary
Anne Gilberti
508-667-4066 (cell)



4th Annual "Choggy Strong" Firefighter Fundraiser - Oct 7
4th Annual "Choggy Strong" Firefighter Fundraiser - Oct 7

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Town Council Recap: Fire fighters sworn in, green community approved, fireworks to return for the 4th of July

The Town Council meeting opened on Wednesday, Sep 13 with the swearing in of two new fire fighters/emergency medical technicians (EMT).

Brian Hammond and Matthew Starkey were introduced by Fire Chief Gary McCarragher and sworn in by Town Clerk Teresa Burr.


the swearing in of two new fire fighters/emergency medical technicians (EMT)
the swearing in of two new fire fighters/emergency medical technicians (EMT)

The zoning change previously discussed by the Economic Development Committee (EDC), sent to the Planning Board came back to the Council and was given a public hearing and its first reading. The Planning Board did not approve the change for something I couldn't quite understand. It seems to make sense to fix the plot lines as currently some properties are in multiple zones. The measure will return for a second reading at the next Council meeting.

The Union St Wine and Liquors license change was approved. The corporate paperwork change for the 99 Restaurant was tabled to the next meeting as there was no representative from the restaurant.

Joseph Carmignani and Paul Kordic presented an update on the 4th of July celebration. As they are starting to plan now for next year, they are working to have the fireworks return to the celebration. The fireworks would likely be set off from one of the new ball fields. A meeting with the town police and fire as well as the State Fire Marshall was held recently to discuss the plans.


Fund raising will be a key effort for the 4th of July committee. They get most of their revenue from the carnival ride ticket sales and if the weather doesn't cooperate, they could have trouble paying the bills. Debbie Pellegri asked if they would be willing to work with other groups to combine efforts and they are open to it.


In the Legislation for action section of the meeting, the Council approved transferring 2 parcels of land to the Conservation Commission. The Horace Mann Statue committee was dissolved formally. The Council approved the application to go for designation as a "Green Community". There was also a first reading of a zoning bylaw to add a 'stretch energy code' to construction of new buildings. This is part of the 'green community' effort and by adding extra insulation and other measures up front, the building should be more energy efficient during its life. A zoning bylaw change to remove some inconsistency in the setbacks for accessory buildings was moved to a second reading.

Additional notes from the meeting reported during the session can be found here:


The Town Council action taken document can be found here:


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Live Reporting: Town Council: - Sep 13, 2017

Present:  Pellegri, Padula, Mercer, Vallee, Kelly, Jones, Bissanti, Dellorco
Absent: Pfeffer

motion to approve Jones as Clerk pro temp for this meeting, seconded, passed

Agenda ItemSummary


A. Approval of Minutes
A. Approval of Minutes - August 9, 2017 - (Motion to Approve August 9, 2017 Meeting Minutes - Majority vote - (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 8-0

B. Announcements
B. Announcements -
1. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may also be recorded by others.
C. Proclamations/Recognitions
C. Proclamations/Recognitions - Swearing in of Firefighters

Brian Hammond
Matthew Starkey

swearing in of 2 new firefighter/paramedics

currently at 46 line folks, trying to get 2 more in the door

brief recess, returned to open session at 7:09 PM

D. Citizen Comments
D. Citizen Comments - Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the Agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.

Teresa Burr, Town Clerk
  • reminders on election dates
  • last days to register Oct 18
  • papers due Sep 19

  • candidates night scheduled for Oct 17

E. Appointments
E. Appointments
none



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"something clicked around week four and the dynamic started to change"

Part 3 of the fire fighter training series continues

"Inside a building, up in an attic, down in a basement, on a patio or in an open field - fires can happen anywhere and the recruits must train for multiple scenarios. 
When not performing search and rescue drills or sitting in a classroom, the recruits from Class 249 completed successively larger drills called burn evolutions in the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy's four-level, concrete burn building. 
Between each evolution, instructors set up bales of straw as the recruits sat in a circle and reviewed their progress with an instructor. The doors would be closed, the bales set on fire and the recruits would start the next evolution. Sometimes they went through a ground floor door, or climb a ladder to vent a higher window or to access the attic. Other times, they plunged into the smoky depths of a basement, one of the more dangerous places to be in a real fire because homeowners tend to store boxes and other items there."

Continue reading Part 3 (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20161219/50-days-to-be-firefighter---part-3

If you missed Parts 1 and 2 can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2016/12/its-better-than-9-to-5-job-more.html

Monday, December 19, 2016

"It's better than a 9 to 5 job. More rewarding"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

(Editor's note: Daily News photojournalist Allan Jung followed a recent class of firefighter recruits. He documented the men as they went through 10 weeks of often rigorous training with photos, video and stories. This three-part series continues on Monday and Tuesday with new photo galleries of the firefighter training experience. To view photo galleries and videos go to www.metrowestdailynews.com.)


"STOW - With a whoosh, the flames, an inferno really, rose above the pool of water, feeding off a layer of liquefied natural gas. The heat was immediately felt by the ring of firefighter recruits who instinctively took a few steps backward. Soon they would have to walk forward, inching closer to the undulating orange column armed with a chemical fire extinguisher, urged on by an instructor and fortified by confidence in their training. 
It was day 45 of their 50-day training program and the liquefied natural gas fire was the pinnacle in a progression of sterner tests, a very literal way to turn up the heat. They had already tackled fires inside concrete buildings, searched blindly in smokey rooms for hidden victims, run up and down stairs in full gear to prepare for a job that many did not describe as a vocation. For them, being a firefighter is an aspiration from childhood that grew into a passion to serve and join the brotherhood."

Continue reading Part 1 (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20161218/50-days-to-be-firefighter-part-1---lifelong-dreams

Part 2  (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20161218/50-days-to-be-firefighter---part-2