BRUNSWICK — Basil Mahaney of Bar Harbor Fire Rescue was one of 18 Maine firefighters to have completed rigorous training and graduated from the Maine Fire Service Institute’s Officer Training Academy to prepare them for leadership roles at fire departments across the state.
A graduation ceremony was held March 17 at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, an outreach center of the University of Maine. The Maine Fire Service Institute is a department of Southern Maine Community College and provides training and education services to Maine’s firefighters. It is located on SMCC’s Midcoast Campus in Brunswick.
The weeklong academy focused on legal issues, budgeting, media relations, conflict resolution and other topics that are part of the job for chiefs and other fire officials. Those who complete the academy meet the training requirements for national fire officer certification through the Pro Board Fire Service Professional Qualifications System, also known as Pro Board.