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Mastro among MSFA program graduates

A Southaven department firefighter is among Firefighter Class 202 of the Mississippi State Fire Academy who will graduate from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Firefighter I-II course held at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson.

Patrick Mastro is one of 24 graduates of the course who will receive their certificates at the MSFA campus auditorium. Graduation will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 13, at #1 Fire Academy USA, in Jackson. The ceremony will be open to the public.

This intense seven-week course includes online, classroom, and hands-on instruction in the areas of fire behavior, fire suppression, rescue, incident command, hazardous materials, and other fire related topics. This course meets and exceeds the National Fire Protection Association for Firefighter Qualifications and the uniform minimum training standards stated in the Mississippi Code section 45-11-7.

The Mississippi State Fire Academy is a division of the Mississippi Insurance Department. State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney and Academy Executive Director Terry Wages believe these firefighters will be an asset to the fire departments they represent. 

“We are excited for them to go and serve their community,” said Director Wages.

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