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 community. As you browse through our website, you will see all the services provided by the Department of Fire Services whether it is for training, uniform application of the fire codes, fire data, hazardous materials response, life safety education, or fire investigation.
Peter J. Ostroskey
State Fire Marshal
Heads of Fire Departments, 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. Please check our website for the criteria and nomination form. Nominations must be postmarked by July 14, 2017, and sent to the Department of Fire Services c/o Kerry Weihn.
With the upcoming July Fourth holiday, please reference previous guidance from the June DFS Briefs that contains important information for fire departments as they prepare for fireworks displays. As always, my office stands ready to provide technical, compliance, and enforcement support, 24/7 – especially during the busy 4th of July week. The following numbers may be called for immediate assistance: outside of regular business hours (508) 820-2000 and during normal business days (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), (978) 567-3375.
In addition, the July DFS Briefs contains upcoming training opportunities and public education information on fireworks and safety for older adults.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the July DFS Briefs.
DFS’ New Learning Management System (LMS)
Late July, the Department of Fire Services (DFS) will be transitioning from the current Academy Course Management System to a new Learning Management System (LMS). Students will be able to login at any time from a computer, tablet, or smart phone. The LMS will improve the user experience in nearly every aspect of training from searching for courses to obtaining training records.
Activate User Accounts and Review Profiles
One of the things you should do now is to log on to the new system and review your online profile. Anyone who has taken a course at DFS since 1999 will have one. Students should verify the information contained in their profiles (correct email, mailing address, fire department, telephone number etc.). Any student for whom DFS had a valid email address, should have received an email notification. Until the new LMS launches in a few weeks, this will be the only part of the system the public will be able to view.
23rd Public Fire & Life Safety Education Conference
Register for the 23rd Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference: Bridging the Gap, Fire Safety for All Ages file size 1MB. This conference will help educators support programs for school children and seniors and to bridge the gap to those in between. Teachers, firefighters, nurses, senior agency professionals, EMT’s, school safety officers, other injury prevention professionals, and police are encouraged to join us.
Nominations for the 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award
Do you know a fire or life safety educator or team who has made a difference and deserves to be recognized? Let us know and why. 2017 Life Fire Safety Nomination Form Nominations are for the 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award are due Aug. 25, 2017. The award recognizes individuals or teams for their commitment to making our world safer from fire and other preventable injuries. We are looking for people who make a difference and who demonstrate leadership, teamwork, creativity, vision, and perseverance
Fire Officials Urge "Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals"
State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Easthampton Fire Chief David A. Mottor, president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts issued a press release today urging everyone to “leave the fireworks to the professionals” this holiday season. Read the full press release. For a list of supervised fireworks displays, videos and more information on the dangers of fireworks, please visit our Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals webpage.
Get Fired Up About Grilling Fire Safety
State Fire Marshal Offers Safety Tips
“Memorial Day is the traditional launch of the summer barbecue season,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, “Take a few minutes for safety and inspect grills for leaks and cracks, and teach children to stay three feet away from any grill in use.” Read the 2017 Grilling Safety Press Release. Download the Grilling Safety FireFactor a 1-page educational handout.
FCAM Technical Rescue Subcommittee Video
Watch this 4-minute video made by the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts’ Technical Rescue Subcommittee. It showcases the vast and diverse technical rescue capabilities in the Commonwealth.
MFA Training Videos on YouTube™
Have you had a chance to look at the training videos that the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA) has posted a on the DFS YouTube™ Channel (www.youtube.com/DFSOSFM)? The first series has 19 training videos on ladders of all heights and maneuvers.