The Department of Fire Services is launching the Keep Warm, Keep Safe (KWKS) campaign once again this year. Since first launching in 2008, there has been a 43% reduction in heating fires in Massachusetts. This campaign includes toolkits on our website with resources for local fire departments to join us in promoting an accurate and consistent.
Also included in this month’s Briefs are several training opportunities and an informational brochure on Space Heater Fire Safety.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the October DFS Briefs.
Keeping your family safe by having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom is the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep.” The Department of Fire Services is joining forces with fire departments and safety advocates across the Commonwealth during Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, 2015, to remind residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes, including their bedrooms, and testing them monthly. Read the full 2015 Fire Prevention Week Press Release.
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #234 will graduate on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 24 graduates, 23 men and one woman, represent the 12 fire departments of: Abington, Clinton, Everett, Falmouth, Gardner, Greenfield, Hanson, Hull, Littleton, Saugus, Somerset, and Wrentham.
The 2015 Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year Award was presented on September 29 at the 21st annual Massachusetts Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference to David Evans, who is both an assistant principal at Pentucket Regional High School and a lieutenant in the West Newbury Fire Department. The other nominees recognized for their efforts were Swansea FF Richard Rego; Acton FF Brent Carter; and the Bridgewater Seniors First Team with members from the Bridgewater Fire Department, Bridgewater State University’s Office of University Community Initiatives, The Home Depot, and the Bridgewater Office of Elder Affairs. Vina Drennan of Common Voices delivered a powerful speech and Globe Spotlight Team reporter Jonathan Saltzman spoke about their investigation into the deplorable conditions in off-campus student housing in Boston. Read the full Public Education Conference Press Release.
Sudbury Fire Capt. Timothy Choate and Malden Deputy Fire Chief William Sullivan will present a Senior Fire Officer Forum on Transitional Fire Attack. Recent scientific evidence by NIST and UL shows the fire service needs to re-think how it attacks some fires under certain circumstances. Course Fee: $20.00. Check or money order made out to "MFA Trust Fund”. Please note: applications must include payment. Walk-ins will not be allowed. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required using the standard MFA Application . Deadline to register is Oct. 13.
The Department of Fire Services’ Massachusetts Firefighting Academy will be presenting a Senior Fire Officer Forum October 7, 2015 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) on Firefighter Safety. It will feature three separate presentations as part of this Firefighter Safety Symposium. FF Russell Osgood, Portsmouth (NH) Fire Department will present Taking Action against Cancer in the Fire Service; Capt. James Klich, Franklin Fire Department will discuss Firefighting and Other Emergency Operations in the Presence of Photovoltaic (PV) Systems (aka Solar Panels); and George Kramlinger, MFA Director, will present Air Management for the Fire Service. Course Fee: $20.00. Check or money order made out to "MFA Trust Fund." Please note: Applications must include payment. Walk-ins will not be allowed. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required using the standard MFA application.
The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy will be hosting several National Fire Academy (NFA) courses at the Department of Fire Services Stow campus in 2015. Please check out the interesting new fall course offerings. If you have any questions, please call 978-567-3200.
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.
Fire Investigation and Prosecution Conference
Despite all the snow this winter, the construction of the DFS Springfield Campus has continued. The roof was completed in time to allow interior work proceed. All under slab utilities have been installed and the concrete floor poured over them. The windows have been installed and all exterior brick masonry has been completed. We are on track for completion and move in next fall!
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.