173 Firemen Graduate
A total of 173 firemen, representing 58 towns, were graduated from the firemen’s training classes conducted last fall by the Vocational Training Division of the Massachusetts Department of Education.
Classes were held in Arlington, Brockton, Fitchburg, Lowell, New Bedford, and Springfield. Each group held 10 sessions of two hours each. Certificates were presented at the conclusion of the course by M. Norcross Stratton, Assistant Director of Vocational Education.
The closing exercises of the Arlington class were held in the Highland Fire Station in Arlington on February 1. The speakers were James G. Reardon, State Commissioner of Education; Robert O. Small, Director, Division of Vocational Training; Chief William C. Mahoney, Peabody, President of the Fire Chiefs’’ Club of Massachusetts; and Chief Daniel B. Tierney, Arlington, President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
The Massachusetts Fire Department Drill Masters’ Association, members of which act as instructors in the training classes, met at the Boston City Club on January 19, upon invitation of Mr. Stratton, to discuss the program for the 1938 classes. Chief Charles L. McCarthy, Worcester Fire Department, who is soon to retire on pension, was guest of honor and was presented with a set of pearl studs and cuff links.
Commissioner Reardon and Mr. Stratton were presented with fire badges, and Chief Tierney was given a handsome diary and memorandum book.
The drill masters’ association will meet meet on February 16 at the plant of the Simplex Wire and Cable Company, Cambridge.