Western Massachusetts fire departments welcome 16 newly minted firefighters at Springfield ceremony

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The three women and 15 men are starting their careers with fire departments in Agawam, Amherst, Chicopee, Easthampton, Holyoke, Northampton and Springfield. SPRINGFIELD -- Sixteen newly minted firefighters were welcomed to their second family - the fire services family - during a Massachusetts Firefighting Academy graduation ceremony here Thursday. "To the recruits, congratulations, you've made it!" said state Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey. The new recruits make up the sixth class to complete the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy's 50-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program at the Springfield campus. The three women and 15 men are starting their careers with fire departments in Agawam, Amherst, Chicopee,...

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