The Harvard Fire Department is proud to announce the graduation of Ian Sears from the 48th Call/Volunteer Firefighter Training Program of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy.

This is an intensive training course that was held every Tuesday and Thursday night as well as every Saturday for six months. Ian was taught everything from basic firefighting, search and rescue, hazardous materials and auto extrication.

He was able to receive top notch training, which gives him a strong foundation to build his fire service career upon in a relatively short period of time.

Without this program, it would take our department years to get him to the level he is at today. He also received his Firefighter I/II National Pro-Board Certification and Hazardous Materials First Responder -- Operational Level Certification.

-- Rick Sicard, Fire Chief, Harvard Fire Department