12 graduate from Maine State Fire Academy at SMCC’s Maine Fire Service Institute

12 graduate from Maine State Fire Academy at SMCC’s Maine Fire Service Institute

Twelve Maine firefighters graduated Sunday from the Maine Fire Service Institute’s Maine State Fire Academy after completing the academy’s intensive training program.

Firefighters who completed the 10-day program will receive Firefighter I and Firefighter II certifications in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association. The Maine Fire Service Institute is a department of Southern Maine Community College and provides training and education services to Maine’s firefighters.

The Maine State Fire Academy provides training in areas that include fire suppression, vehicle rescue, fire behavior, hazmat operations, search and rescue, survival skills, and ropes and knots. The program took place at the Maine Fire Service Institute, located on SMCC’s Midcoast Campus in Brunswick, with a graduation ceremony held Sunday, June 10.

The graduates are:

  • Augusta Fire Rescue: Greg Griffin
  • Buckfield Fire Department: Colin Mannon
  • Camden Fire Department: Gabriel Whitehead
  • Cape Elizabeth Fire Rescue: Kyle Kennedy
  • East Machias Fire Department: Dustin Maxie
  • Harrison Fire Department: Nate Sessions
  • Jay Fire Department: Daniel Popp
  • Norway Fire Department: Eric Gould, Joseph Niemi
  • Rumford Fire Rescue: Christopher Arsenault, Samantha Cote
  • Saco Valley Fire Association: Hannah Guilford

Photo: Back row, left to right: Daniel Popp (Jay Fire Department), Nate Sessions (Harrison Fire Department), Hannah Guilford (Saco Valley Fire Association), Greg Griffin (Augusta Fire Rescue) and Joseph Niemi (Norway Fire Department). Front row, left to right: Dustin Maxie (East Machias Fire Department), Eric Gould (Norway Fire Department), Kyle Kennedy (Cape Elizabeth Fire Department), Colin Mannon (Buckfield Fire Department), Christopher Arsenault (Rumford Fire Rescue) and Gabe Whitehead (Camden Fire Department). Not shown: Samantha Cote (Rumford Fire Rescue).