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Wayland Fire Welcomes New Firefighter/Paramedic

A swearing-in ceremony Monday night brought a new member to the Wayland Fire Department.

The Wayland Fire Department welcomed a new firefighter/paramedic Monday night during a swearing in ceremony at the Wayland Board of Selectmen meeting.

Colin Richardson was sworn in by Town Clerk Lois Toombs. He will serve a probationary year with the department, a typical period for new firefighters in Wayland, Fire Chief Vinnie Smith explained.

"Probationary time gives all new firefighters one year to get acquainted with us and for us to see how they do with the daily tasks of being Firefighter/Paramedics," Smith told Patch.

Smith introduced Richardson to selectmen Monday night and said he had been working as per diem paramedic with the department since July.

Now that Richardson has been sworn in, Smith told Patch, he will attend the three-month Firefightering Academy recruit class program. Smith said the program is currently backlogged, so he expects Richardson to begin that training in October.

Richardson is scheduled to begin working on Deputy Chief David Houghton's crew on Jan. 12.

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