The Training Division of the Groveland Fire Department is responsible for developing, implementing, and executing a comprehensive training program for the Fire Department. The division works to shape this program to include training in structural firefighting, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, motor vehicle accidents, unconventional rescues, and joint agency training. The Training Division is led by the Training Officer, who ensures that all Firefighters are in compliance with standards set forth by NFPA 1001 in regards to minimum training standards for interior structural firefighting, as well as training in other areas of operation. The TO develops training schedules and training evolutions, and works with the EMS Officer to ensure that training standards and goals for EMS are met. Through this planning and collaboration, the Groveland Fire Department maintains a high level of proficiency to perform the tasks that the public calls on us to perform on a daily basis.
The Training Officer for the Groveland Fire Department is Assistant Chief Kurt Ruchala. Assistant Chief Ruchala brings over 30 years of Fire Service experience to his role as Training Officer. Before being appointed to the Groveland Fire Department, Assistant Chief Ruchala served for 11 years with the Rutland, MA Fire Department. He was appointed to the Groveland Fire Department in 1996, promoted to Lieutenant in 1998, Captain in 2011, designated as the department Training Officer in 2015, and promoted to Assistant Chief in 2017. Assistant Chief Ruchala is certified to the Firefighter I/II level in Massachusetts, Fire Instructor I/II, Fire Officer I/II, and is a credentialed Fire Prevention Officer. Assistant Chief Ruchala is credentialed as a Fire Chief by the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission and is a member of the Massachusetts Fire Training Council. He works full time as a Fire Protection Engineer and is a graduate of UMass Dartmouth and WPI.