This month’s Briefs include an advisory on Colored Powder, several training opportunities, and public safety education materials on Grilling Safety.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the May DFS Briefs.
Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Polito Swear In State Fire Marshal Ostroskey
On May 26, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karen Polito, and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett publicly swore in State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey in a ceremony attended by members of the fire service, friends and family, public safety agency heads and other New England State Fire Marshals.
Prevent Mulch Fires: Advice for Property Managers, Landscapers & Nurseries
State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and fire chiefs across the state want to remind building owners, property managers, nurseries and landscaping companies about the proper placement and storage of mulch in order to prevent these types of fires. Ostroskey said, “It’s important for mulch storage piles to be 30’ apart to keep fires from spreading and to place mulch 18” away from the exteriors of all buildings except homes with six or fewer apartments.” Read the full Mulch Fire Safety Release. Download the Mulch FireFactor in English and Spanish . Learn about the Mulch provisions of the Comprehensive Fire Safety Code.
Get Fired Up About Grilling Fire Safety
“With Memorial Day fast approaching, many people are getting the barbecue ready for the summer grilling season,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Take a few minutes for safety and inspect gas grills for leaks and cracks, and teach children to stay three feet away from any grill in use.” Read the 2016 Grilling Safety Press Release. Download the Grilling Safety FireFactor – a 1-page educational handout.
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #244 graduated on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The graduates represent the represent the twenty fire departments of: Amesbury, Bedford, Cambridge, Clinton, Concord, Dighton, Franklin, Leominster, Littleton, Lowell, Marlborough, Middleborough, Nantucket, North Andover, Norton, Norwood, Somerville, Wayland, West Bridgewater, and Woburn. The guest speaker was Wayland Fire Chief David Houghton.
The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy will be hosting several National Fire Academy (NFA) courses at the Department of Fire Services Stow campus in the fall of 2016. The great offerings include: Decision Making for the Initial Company Officer, Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction, Residential Sprinkler Plan Review, and Building Organizational Support for Community Risk Reduction. For course descriptions and registration information, go to the NFA in Massachusetts webpage.
MA Weekend at the NFA July 22-24, 2016
2016 NFA Weekend Partnered with Rhode Island and South Carolina file size 2MB
Massachusetts firefighters are welcome to attend the joint NFA weekend with Rhode Island and South Carolina on July 22 -24, 2016. The RI Chief’s Association is paying $50 for RI firefighters, but MA firefighters will have to pay the full $100. Send all applications to Tina Ahlborg at the RI Fire Academy.
Remembering When™ A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults
Two Train the Trainer Workshops
DFS staff will present a train-the-trainer workshop on the Remembering When™ A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults curriculum this spring. This is designed for firefighters and their partnering agencies who work with seniors. The program was developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Participants will review the updated curriculum, practice using the activities and plan for implementation. This workshop is a great resource for local Senior SAFE programs. Firefighters are encouraged to bring a senior partnering agency to this workshop. You can register at the Mass. Firefighting Academy website.
June 17, 2016 – Department of Fire Services, Stow Campus, 1 State Road, Stow 10:00-16:00
All Hands Herald
The May issue of the All Hands Herald has been posted online. It contains information for the fire service about DFS programs, training and initiatives. The top stories on are cancer awareness and prevention for firefighters, the retirement of State Fire Marshal Coan, the DFS nightclub safety grant, investigation of cigarette-caused fires.
“May is Electrical Safety Month. Take a few minutes to look around for electrical hazards in your home and correct them,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Items such as electrical cords under rugs or pinched behind furniture, overloaded outlets, and laptops and phones charging on beds or sofas can expose you and your family to fire,” he added. Read the full Electrical Safety Month press release.
Career Recruit Class Moves to 10 Weeks
State Fire Marshal Ostroskey announced several changes to MFA policies recently made by the Mass. Fire Training Council, chief among them is that the Career Recruit Firefighter Training course will move to a 10-week course on June 13, 2016 starting with Class #247. The Career Recruit Rules & Regulations can be found on our website under the Fire Chief's Full-time Recruit Application Package .
The Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program is an intensive 13 session course, presented by the Mass. Firefighting Academy in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management. Applications are now being accepted for next fall's course; the deadline is 5/30. This course is designed to provide the new chief officer with a variety of leadership and management skills essential in municipal management. The information covered and case histories will be pertinent to Massachusetts municipal government.
Company Officer Training
Massachusetts Firefighting Academy is dedicated and committed to training fire officers and future fire service leaders. New training opportunities combined with student feedback and evaluations, have allowed the Fire Officer Program Group to re-design current courses to support our future leaders along a consistent professional development training track.
The training tracks offer students a logical progression of professional development courses to succeed as an Officer. The courses, consisting of self-guided online learning, didactic classroom, simulation, practical and seminar, will allow students a more tailored learning experience and dynamic training environment.
On April 14, 2015, the State Fire Marshal issued an advisory announcing the Fire Prevention Officer (FPO) Re-Credential Process to Heads of Fire Departments. The advisory states that anyone holding a fire prevention officer certificate (Level I or II) showing an expiration date of 2015 or 2016 has an automatic extension to submit for re-credentialing by December 31, 2016. Learn more about the Fire Prevention Officer Credentialing process that is designed to document an individual’s knowledge in their field and their effort to continue their professional education and training and achievement of certification in key areas.
The Fire Chiefs’ Association of Mass. (FCAM) and the Department of Fire Services are working together to develop, train and equip a statewide network of regional Technical Rescue Teams. A PowerPoint™ presentation provides an overview of the capabilities of the regional teams, the areas they are trained in, and how to activate the regional or a specialty team. Technical rescue covers: rope rescue, trench rescue, response to structural collapse, confined space rescue and dive teams. Specialties include swift water, surf, tunnel rescue, wildland search and rescue and vehicle and machinery rescue. The overview is located on the DFS Emergency Response and Fire Investigation webpage.