Topsfield Fire Department prides itself in the belief that we are life long learners and training is a critical component of our job. 2020 has not been an ordinary year. One of the many, many events impacted by COVID 19 is graduations. This year we celebrate two of our staff who have continued their education while raising young families and working fulltime. Firefighter Sheila Mathews received her Associate in Science in Fire Protection and Safety Technology from North Shore Community College in May. Today’s fire professionals do more than fight fires. The fire science field has evolved to offer challenging opportunities that focus on a variety of career interests. Whether you want to be involved in prevention, response, or investigation, students with a professional degree will have a competitive edge and the skills needed for a successful future in the fire science field. NSCC’s Fire Protection and Safety Technology Degree program offers flexible online learning for fire service personnel and students interested in fire service or roles related to the fire service. We are proud of Sheila at the completion of this degree program and are looking forward to her sharing her knowledge with our Department.
Captain Conor Brown recently received his Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administration. This degree complements his previously attained Associates Degree in Fire Protection and Safety Technology. The bachelor of science program is primarily an upper level program. It is designed to meet the professional, educational needs and objectives of fire protection personnel. It meets or exceeds the standard, as established by the National Fire Protection Association, for Fire Officer I, II, III, IV, in NFPA 1031-1983. The focus of the lower level courses is the acquisition of basic fire technology skills, while the upper level courses primarily focus on the research and administration of fire protection as a component of the public delivery system. We are looking forward to Captain Brown’s leadership within our department. Congratulations to Sheila and Conor and their families for a job well done!