The Department of Fire Services is launching the Keep Warm, Keep Safe (KWKS) and Cooking Fire Safety campaigns once again this year. These campaigns include toolkits on our website with resources for local fire departments to join us in promoting an accurate and consistent message locally.
Also included in this month’s Briefs is an advisory on Legislation Concerning Blasting, as well as several training opportunities and public safety education materials.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the December DFS Briefs.
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #221 graduated on Friday, December 19, 2014 in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services Stow campus. The 24 graduates, all men, represent the eight fire departments of East Longmeadow, Framingham, Holden, Holyoke, Lowell, Newburyport, Peabody, and Tewksbury. Framingham Fire Chief Gary T. Daugherty was the guest speaker.
On December 17, 2014, the Class #50 Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program graduated having completed 320 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 22 graduates, 19 men and 3 women, represent the 11 fire departments of: Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Hadley, Hampden, Rowe, South Hadley, Southampton, Wales, Ware, and Westhampton.
More home fires happen on December 25 than any other single day except Thanksgiving. Fire officials are urging people to make fire safety part of the celebrations this holiday season. First make sure you have working smoke and CO alarms and a home escape plan. Then follow these easy tips for cooking, candle, holiday decorating, electrical and heating safety. Be sure to water live Christmas trees daily!
The Department of Fire Services will be hosting a day-long Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Conference for first responders, hospital staff, mental health clinicians and chaplains on January 9, 2015. Dr. Ray Flanner will present Preventing Youth Violence; Patricia Tritt, R.N. will present The Columbine School Shooting: CISM Considerations in the School Setting; Dr. Jeff Mitchell will present We were Kids Once Too; and Patricia Tritt, R.N. with Dr. Anne Balbone will present Lessons Learned From School-based and Large-scale Incidents for CISM Teams. Register online or by mail using the standard DFS/MFA application form. CFO and OEMS credits pending.
Recent studies have revealed that today's firefighters suffer from a much higher level of obesity than the general public that they protect. This program examines how chiefs and company officers can help reverse this deadly trend. On January 14, 2014, Franklin Fire Capt. James Haggerty and Saugus Fire Capt. Christopher Rizza will present a Senior Fire Officer Forum Fighting the Firefighter Obesity Epidemic to provide ways in which fire service leaders can promote a healthy culture of fitness and proper nutrition both in the station and at home to reverse this epidemic.
New Fire Code Training for Non-Enforcement Authorities
The new Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code will take effect January 1, 2015. New Fire Code Orientation for Non-Enforcement Authorities has been scheduled for December 17, 18, 19 and January 5. These 4-hour sessions are intended to prepare industry and the regulated community who will be working with the new code. Students will learn the layout of NFPA 1 and the Massachusetts amendments and how the two documents work together.
On Thursday, December 11, 2014, 33 fire officers from the 33 communities of Amherst, Arlington, Auburn, Ayer, Barnstable, Billerica, Bourne, Brockton, Brookline, Cohasset, Duxbury, Easton, Everett, Falmouth, Holden, Lexington, Littleton, Longmeadow, Marblehead, Massport, Natick, Plainville, Randolph, Shrewsbury, Stow, Wakefield, Wayland, West Springfield, Westborough, Westford, Weymouth, Wrentham, and Yarmouth graduated from the 21st offering of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program.
Burn Candles Inside 1-Foot Circle of Safety
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan announced that Monday, December 8, 2014 will be Candle Safety Awareness Day and advised consumers to use candles safely during this holiday season and throughout the year. The second Monday in December has been established as Candle Safety Day by MGL C.6: S.12XX to promote the safe use of candles in the Commonwealth.
“Heating equipment is the leading source of carbon monoxide (CO) in our homes,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. “With the first really cold snap of the season headed our way, it’s important to make sure you have working CO alarms on every level of your home,” he added. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas that comes from burning fuels.
On October 28, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick joined Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral and State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan to honor firefighters from 10 Massachusetts communities for heroic acts of bravery during the 25th annual “Firefighter of the Year” Awards ceremony. The ceremony was held at John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston. Please see related press release.
This presentation gives guidance to public safety agencies on donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE) for high level infectious diseases, in response to Ebola concerns. It includes the U.S. Centers for Disease (CDC) recommended N-95 respiratory protection level and the optional full face respirator for respiratory protection. The Department of Fire Services, in collaboration with the Mass. Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Mass. Department of Public Health (MDPH), the Boston Fire Department and others, developed this in response to numerous requests for guidance and is not intended to be a mandate. It will be updated based on further recommendations from the CDC or MDPH.
The state Department of Fire Services in conjunction with the Mass. Association of Safety and Fire Educators (MaSAFE) and the MA Property Insurance Underwriting Association (MPIUA) are pleased to announce this year’s YouTubeTM High School Burn Awareness Video Contest!
Burn Awareness Video Contest
This contest is open to grade 9-12 students enrolled in Massachusetts’ schools and submissions must be from school-sponsored ELA or communications courses or sponsored extra-curricular groups. Communications teachers or faculty sponsors are required to review and approve all storyboards before filming starts. Videos are required to be one to three minutes long, explore burn prevention topics, be well researched, not demonstrating risky or unsafe behavior, and to be both educational and informative. This contest addresses learning standard components (Gr.9-10) SL.9-10.5, W.9-10.6, (Gr. 11-12) SL.11-12.5, and W.11-12.6 of the Massachusetts Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy.
On October 6, 2014, State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, Springfield Mayor L. Domenic Sarno, Springfield Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant, western Mass. fire chiefs and state building officials officially broke ground on the Department of Fire Services Springfield Campus. This $13.4 million project is being built on the site of the former Springfield Fire Training Center that the state bought from the city.
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.