Tyler Falconer, Firefighter Academy, Burlington, Burlington Fire Department

 September 1 2015

Ready for the Job - New Fire Recruit Completes Firefighter Academy

By: Rich Hosford

A new recruit with the Burlington Fire Department is ready to get on the job. 


Tyler Falconer, a Burlington resident who was appointed to the department in July, finished the Massachusetts Fire Academy’s 45-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program on August 28. He was one of 24 local firefighters in the 231st graduating class. 


"With his enthusiasm and experience, I know Firefighter Falconer will be an asset to the Burlington Fire Department," Chief Steve Yetman said. "I applaud him for completing the academy and know the additional skills he's acquired will serve our community well."


The intensive, nine-week state firefighting academy for municipal firefighters involves classroom instruction, physical fitness training, skills training and live firefighting practice.

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, confined space rescue techniques and rappelling.

To graduate, firefighters were required to demonstrate proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation and fire attack (ranging from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multi-room structural fires).

Falconer was born and raised in Burlington and was a member of the BHS Class of 2010. He served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged last fall. In 2012 he received Junior Sailor of the Quarter as well as Junior Sailor of the Year. He is also a nationally registered emergency medical technician.


Fire Chief Steven Yetman (right) and Lieutenant Jack Walthall (left) with MA Fire Academy graduate Tyler Falconer (center). Courtesy Burlington Fire Department



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