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Montague Center chief earns Massachusetts Fire Service Commission chief’s accreditation

MONTAGUE CENTER — Spending close to three decades behind the wheel of the Montague Center Fire Department, continuing education and certifications have earned Chief John Greene official accreditation as a fire chief.

Greene has been doing the job for 28 years, leading a 40-member call force responsible for the villages of Montague Center and Lake Pleasant. The accreditation, from the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission, is a new program laid out in 2012 to set a universal bar for leadership of a fire department.

“The credentialing program sets forth the goals needed for fire chiefs to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities to be fire chiefs in Massachusetts. It establishes a higher degree of professionalism so that chiefs may be better prepared to serve their department, their community and other organizations,” reads the commission’s explanation.

Greene is current president of the Tri-State Fire Mutual Aid Association and has fought fires since he was a teenager, first as a junior firefighter with the Gill Fire Department, where his father was chief. Greene served a four-year stint in the Army as a helicopter pilot and became chief of the Montague Center Fire Department after moving to the village in 1980 and earning an associate’s degree in fire science from Greenfield Community College.

“We are proud to announce that Chief Greene is one of the first in the area to achieve this distinction,” wrote Diane Hansen of the Montague Center Fire District Prudential Committee.

Greenfield’s chief has also earned the accreditation.

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