BURRILLVILLE â€” Michael J. Dutilly is the newest full-time firefighter to join the Harrisville Fire District, bringing to the department 11 years of fire service and emergency medical services experience, Fire Chief Mark A. St. Pierre announced this week.
Dutilly, who came on board several months ago, was formally inducted at a ceremony earlier this month.
At the age of 15, Dutilly joined the Harrisville Hose Company as a junior member in 2000. In 2003, he joined the ranks as a senior member.
Dutilly received his EMT-basic license within a year of turning 18. Also at that time, he was certified to a national level in firefighting after completing NFPA Firefighter Levels I and II. After being a Basic EMT for about a year, Dutilly became an EMT-Cardiac in Rhode Island, doing this all before he was 20 years old.
Throughout the years, Dutilly continued taking many classes in the firefighting, EMS and Incident Management System field. He also attended classes at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
In August of 2008, Dutilly accepted a job with the St. Johnâ€™s Fire District and moved to Charleston, South Carolina. It was there he started his career as a professional firefighter; he continued to be active in taking fire service classes.
Dutilly rose to the supervisory rank of engineer and was assigned to the busiest engine company in the department. He was also the vice-president of the professional organization for that department.
He made many long drives back to Rhode Island to see family and friends while living in the South.
In early 2011, Dutilly went through the application process for the Harrisville Fire District, where he placed at the top of the list and was later offered a position.
Since being employed by the district, he has obtained yet another national certification, becoming a NFPA Certified Fire Inspector-I and Rhode Island Assistant Deputy State Fire Marshal. He continues to be an active volunteer with the department when he is off duty.
In his spare time, Dutilly enjoys spending time with his family and longtime girlfriend, Julie Doiron. He also enjoys expanding his passion for food by trying to cook new things and try out new restaurants in the area.
"We welcome Mike into the Harrisville Fire District and wish him many more years of continued success," Chief St. Pierre said.
The Harrisville Fire District is comprised of the Harrisville Fire Department, Hose Company No. 1 and the Harrisville Water Department. It is located in the heart of the town of Burrillville, and encompasses the historic villages of Harrisville and a portion of Glendale.
As a natural adjunct to its fire-fighting function of supplying water to fire hydrants, and in accordance with the authority granted in its charter, the Harrisville Fire District also supplies potable water to residents of the district. Many of the households in there are served by Harrisville's water system, as well as four of the five Burrillville schools, the library, and Town Hall. Harrisville also supplies water to over 150 fire hydrants in the district and Oakland-Mapleville.
The Harrisville Hose Company is the social aspect of the fire department. It was organized in February 1912 as a firefighting organization. Today the company supports various community activities within the town as well as the village of Harrisville.
The Harrisville Fire Department is made up of five full-time EMT/firefighters, including the crew chief. It also has about 40 volunteer firefighters, 22 of whom are EMTs, as well as five junior firefighters (ages 16-18).