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    Stephen D. Coan, State Fire Marshal
    As the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal and the head of the Department of Fire Services, I am very proud of the progress we have made to provide much needed resources to the fire service...
  • August 2014 - DFS Briefs - Monthly Updates from the Department of Fire Services

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    As we approach the beginning of another school year, it’s an opportune time for fire departments to work with their school administrators and principals to remind them of their obligation to ensure the safety of their students and staff.  Included in this month’s DFS Briefs is a pamphlet on Fire Prevention in Schools.

    Also included in this month’s Briefs, is important information on Reporting of School Fires, Special Effects in School Productions and Training opportunities.

    Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the August DFS Briefs.

  • Comprehensive Model Fire Code

    Public Hearing August 7, 2014
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    The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) and the Department of Fire Services are working to develop a comprehensive model fire code for Massachusetts. The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) will hold a public hearing on the proposed revisions to the Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code, 527 CMR 1.00 on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Department of Fire Services, State Road, Stow, MA. The purpose of the revised code, 527 CMR 1.00, is to prescribe minimum requirements and controls to safeguard life, property and public welfare from the hazards of fire and explosion created by the storage, handling or use of substances, materials or devices, or from conditions, or materials hazardous to life, property and the public welfare. The proposed base code:  NFPA-1 (2012) and the Massachusetts amendments pdf format of Pub Hear. draft of MA Amends to rvsd Fire Safety Code 2 to the base code are available for review.

    Written or oral comments may be submitted at the hearing or may be submitted by mail or e-mail to: Richard Fredette, BFPR Executive Director, Richard.Fredette@massmail.state.ma.us P.O. Box 1025, State Rd, Stow, MA 01775, Tel. 978-567-3713. To be considered by the Board, comments must be received by 4:00 p.m., August 6, 2014.

  • Career Recruit Firefighter Class #214

    Career Recruit Firefighter Class #214

    Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #214 graduated on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 22 graduates, 21 men and one woman, represent the 11 fire departments of Beverly, East Longmeadow, Fitchburg, Framingham, Hingham, Lynn, Northborough, Randolph, Tewksbury, Westminster, and Westwood. The guest speaker was Tewksbury Fire Chief Michael Hazel.

  • National Fire Academy Annual Weekend pdf format of National Fire Academy Annual Weekend

    The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services will be hosting the annual weekend in Emmitsburg, MD October 17-19, 2014.  The cost of the program is sixty dollars ($60.00) including meals.  Pre-registration is required with your course selection and the deadline for receiving completed applications is September 5, 2014.  Click the link  above to download the application.

  • Firefighter of the Year Award Nominations

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    Fire Chiefs, it’s time to submit nominations for the annual Firefighter of the Year Awards to honor outstanding acts of heroism and bravery as well as community service by Massachusetts firefighters. Look at these criteria pdf format of Criteria - Firefighter of the Year and use the nomination form pdf format of Nomination Form - Firefighter of the Year by July 15, 2014 for incidents that took place in FY ‘14.

  • Technical Rescue Awareness: Local Team Capabilities links to PDF file

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    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.

  • More than 21,000 Trained Crowd Managers: Legacy of Station Nightclub Fire

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    Requiring trained crowd managers at nightclubs and similar establishments is part of the Massachusetts response to the fire at The Station nightclub eleven years ago. Since March 2011, over 21,000 crowd managers have been certified in Massachusetts. A crowd manager must be trained and tested every three years and the first certifications issued in March 2011 are now expiring. A new training program is available and completion is required as part of the recertification process. Trainees can access the materials online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

  • National Fire Academy (NFA) in Massachusetts

    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 2014 and the spring of 2015.  Please click above for course offerings.  If you have any questions, please call 978-567-3200.
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