MONTCLAIR, NJ - A swearing in ceremony for eight firefighters was held on Wednesday in Montclair Township Council Chambers.
Municipal Clerk Linda Wanat presided over the swearing in of five firefighters to regular status after they passed their one-year probationary period: Anthony Virgil, JaQuan Scott, Jeffrey Testa, Kevin O’Brien and Steven LoVecchio.
In addition, Adam Duchinsky, Kenneth Clermont and Peter Albanese were took the oath as probationary firefighters.
Firefighters Virgil, Scott and LoVecchio are Montclair High School graduates. Firefighter Virgil earned his Associates Degree in sociology from Passaic County College, firefighter Scott has a B.S. in sports management from Hampton University and firefighter LoVecchio holds a B.A. in humanities from Montclair State University.
Firefighter Testa graduated Newton High School and NASCAR Technical Institute and firefighter O’Brien is a Clifton High School graduate and a certified EMT.
Adam Duchinsky is a Montclair resident as has been a volunteer firefighter with the Millburn Fire Department for 12 years. He attended New Jersey City University for fire science.
Born and raised in Montclair, Kenneth Clermont graduate Montclair High School in 2002. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and Essex County College and worked for Bank of America for six years.
Peter Albanese graduated from Wayne Hills High School in 2009 and has been a Wayne volunteer firefighter for six years. Albanese graduated the Passaic County Police Academy in 2015 and worked as a corrections officer for the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office.
The three probationary firefighters will attend the Essex County College Public Safety Academy this fall. The program incorporates Firefighter 1 and 2 training courses which will introduce the new hires to the basics of nationally recognized firefighting techniques presented in a paramilitary setting. Methods of instruction include classroom theory, skill oriented hands-on drill sessions, as well as a physical training and conditioning program.
Student performance and progress will be evaluated throughout the course with written, practical and physical assessments. The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety's standardized Firefighter 1 and 2 certification tests are given as part of the final exam.
The Basic Firefighter Training Program exceeds the performance objectives of the National Fire Protection Association standard 1001 and N.J.A.C. 5:73 4.3 standard which allow a firefighter to perform firefighting under direct supervision. All students will receive Incident Command System (ICS) orientation, blood-borne pathogens and hazardous materials awareness training, the Right to Know law, certification training in CPR at the Healthcare Provider level, and operational levels of training as required by N.J.A.C. 5:75-6.1.
After successful completion of the Fire Academy the probationary firefighters will be assigned to groups in the Montclair Fire Department to begin their in-service training during their probationary year.
The five men who passed their probationary period and were sworn in as regular firefighters will resume their current assignments.