MONTCLAIR, NJ - Six firefighters were sworn in during a ceremony held in Montclair Township Council Chambers Wednesday morning.

Municipal Clerk Linda Wanat presided over the swearing-in of probationary firefighters Anthony Virgil, JaQuan Scott, Jeffrey Testa, Kevin O’Brien and Steven LoVecchio.

Probationary firefighter Gregory Murray was also sworn in as a regular member of the Fire Department after having served a one-year probationary period.

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Probationary firefighters Virgil, Scott and LoVecchio are Montclair High School graduates. Virgil earned his Associates Degree in sociology from Passaic County College, Scott has a B.S. in sports management from Hampton University and LoVecchio holds a B.A. in humanities from Montclair State University. Testa graduated Newton High School and Nascar Technical Institute and O’Brien is a Clifton High School graduate and a certified EMT.

The five probationary officers will attend the Essex County College Public Safety Academy this fall. where they will take Firefighter 1 and 2 training courses to review 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.