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Groton Fire Chief Steele McCurdy is looking for energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated men and women willing to make a significant commitment to their community by becoming call firefighters and EMTs with the Groton Fire Department.
In addition to the Chief and the department administrator, there are five full-time members on duty during the week, working 12-hour shifts providing coverage from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 365 days per year. For hours between 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., they rely mostly on call members responding from their homes to the station.
Currently there are 41 Call Firefighters and EMTs and the Chief is looking to expand that number in order to provide additional protection for the town.
The Chief pointed out that this is necessary because the geography of the town provides challenges for the department. Even with three stations getting to a scene quickly in a community that covers 33 square miles is extremely challenging. He stressed that there is a lot of new construction, with large developments, that is or has been occurring on the periphery of the town.
While there are two sub stations - Lost Lake Station and West Groton Station, ambulances and EMTs are all out of the new Center Fire Station.
Recruits for the call firefighter positions receive extensive training in order to qualify to become a member of the department. There is in-house training depending upon the size of the group as well as training at the Massachusetts Fire Fighting Academy. This course runs over five months and includes two nights and one Saturday per week in order to take the test to become certified.
EMT candidates must take an EMT class with a state approved agency that consists of approximately 150 hours of training. After completing the class, they must pass a state certification exam.
Groton Fire Dept. will be holding an EMT class at the new Center Fire Station starting Friday, July 10, taught by Safety 9-1-1 EMS Educators, LLC. This class will run Monday, Thursday, and Friday evenings from 6-10PM with a few Saturdays and finish on Sept. 26.
Once recruits are certified as Call Firefighters and EMTs they have to commit to attend 50 percent of the training offered by the department - usually two to three times a month and to respond to 15 percent of the calls during nighttime hours. EMTs must commit to 24 hours of "on call" time each month.
"We experience our heaviest call volume during the day. The day-time staff relies heavily on call members to assist during larger incidents and when there are multiple calls at the same time," the Chief said, adding, "The benefits of joining the fire department are numerous. Members can make a meaningful contribution to our community by helping people in need. The department provides extensive training opportunities and all members are encouraged to use the state of the art fitness center located at the new station."
The Call Firefighter/EMT positions are open to men and women age 18 and up who possess a high school diploma. They must be willing to submit to drug and alcohol testing along with a Police Department background check before becoming members of the department. For more information contact Diane Aiello at 978-448-6333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.