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The Canton Fire Department training division promotes safety awareness and firefighting best practices to the members of the department.  The training captain organizes training sessions based on current safety standards, best practices literature and department needs. Training records are kept up to date for all members. The training division provides personal protective equipment to and maintains that equipment for the firefighters.



Captain William “Tad” Johnston
Training/safety officer

Phone: 781-575-6654 ext 111
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 8am-5pm



         Captain Johnston has been Canton fire departments training/safety officer for the past two and a
half years.  It is Captain Johnston’s responsibility to ensure that all members of the canton fire
department are more than adequate to respond quickly and safely in any given emergency situation.
Fire fighters train year round for their entire career.


             Ice Water Rescue

Recently members of the canton fire department conducted a training exercise simulating a person
who fell through the ice. The piece of equipment they are using in the pictures below is called
a banana  boat. The banana boats act as a large floatation device for the fire fighters if they
fall through  the ice   but also have room in the middle where a victim can be placed. 

            Simulation Structure Fire

Members of the Canton Fire Department were able to do some training at an actual house recently. Firefighters were able to do a number of different training scenarios including:

-  Dragging a charged hose line into the house.

-  Forceful entry and ventilation techniques like cutting holes in the roof and breaking windows.

-  Search and rescue.













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