DARTMOUTH — Dartmouth Fire District 1 is getting a new firefighter: recruit Alexander Magalhaes, who completed the State Fire Academy training and graduated along with 34 other recruits on May 23.


The program graduates are heading to 16 different Massachusetts fire departments, including Dartmouth's District 1 as well as Acushnet, Berkley, Chatham, Fairhaven, Halifax, Lakeville, Marion, Medway, Plympton, Raynham, Rehoboth, Rochester, Truro, Wareham, and West Bridgewater.

The Massachusetts Fire Academy, a division of the Department of Fire Services, has offered the program since 2003, graduating nearly 3,000 call and volunteer firefighter recruits.

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Firefighters train to respond to fires along with all other types of emergencies, from chemical and environmental hazards such as carbon monoxide or gas leaks to fentanyl overdoses or people falling through ice, trapped in car crashes, or stuck in a stalled elevator.


“First responders are on the front lines of any crisis and these newest firefighters are needed now more than ever,” said Deputy State Fire Marshal and Acting Fire Academy Director Maribel Fournier.

“The rigorous training they’ve completed provides them with the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to protect their communities safely and effectively.”

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