Georgetown Fire Chief Fred Mitchell Jr. announced that firefighters Sean Manion Jr. and Bryan Pasdon graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy.
Manion and Pasdon were among 27 graduates from the MFA’s Call/Volunteer Firefighter Training Class 81 who were recognized on Feb. 27 at a ceremony held at Masconomet Regional Middle School in Boxford.
During the 16-week training, firefighters learned the basic skills they need to respond to fires, including how to contain and control them, public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, firefighter self-rescue and vehicle extrication.
In order to graduate, firefighters completed 240 hours of training, all on nights and weekends, while demonstrating proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation and fire attack in situations ranging from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multiroom structural fires.
“Graduating from the Massachusetts Fire Academy’s program requires rigorous work, time and dedication to the fire service,” Mitchell said. “We’re thrilled to congratulate firefighters Manion and Pasdon on this accomplishment, and look forward to their assistance in serving the town of Georgetown.”
Manion joined the Georgetown Fire Department on Dec. 12, 2015, and Pasdon has been with the department since July 24, 2019.
Manion and Pasdon are both EMT certified and live in Georgetown. Manion is also a member of the U.S. Army Reserves and graduated from Georgetown High School.
Pasdon is the son of retired Peabody Fire Chief Steve Pasdon, and Manion is the son of Revere Fire Deputy Chief Sean Manion Sr.
The other 25 graduates represent the fire departments of Boxford, Dunstable, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Lynnfield, Middleton, Newbury, Rowley, Topsfield, Tyngsborough and Wenham.