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 are an advisory and pamphlet on Fire Prevention in Schools.
Also included in this month’s Briefs, is an advisory on Breathe Easy: Using Home Oxygen Safely Campaign and several Training opportunities.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the August DFS Briefs.
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #232 graduated on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 24 graduates, all men, represent the 15 fire departments of: Ashland, Bedford, Burlington, Devens, Easthampton, Lakeville, Melrose, Middleborough, North Attleboro, Northampton, Plainville, Westborough, Westfield, Weymouth, and Woburn. The guest speaker was Northampton Fire Chief Duane Nichols.
The Department of Fire Services’ Massachusetts Firefighting Academy will be presenting a Senior Fire Officer Forum September 29, 2015 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) on Leadership Challenges and Opportunities for the Fire Service. The presenter will be Timothy Sendelbach, editor-in-chief of Firehouse Magazine and Firehouse.com. Firefighters and fire officers often view the problems they face daily as local or unique when in fact they are faced by firefighters all across the nation. This high impact, high energy program will highlight the challenges firefighters face and share critical insight into the opportunities they bring. This is a no holds barred presentation designed to uphold the mission of the profession while challenging daily routines and decisions that accompany them. Fee is $20 and includes lunch. Pre-registration required using the standard MFA application by September 15. Read the full listing of Senior Fire Officer Forums scheduled for 2015.
FY ’16 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant Applications
The Department of Fire Services is proud to announce the Fiscal Year ‘16 application for S.A.F.E. and Senior S.A.F.E. grants is available online. This year the application is a fillable form and fire departments can either email or send a hard copy to DFS. The deadline for submission is 5:00 pm on Friday, September 11, 2015. A PowerPoint™ has been developed to assist in the writing of these grants. For further information please call the Fire Data & Public Education Unit at (978) 567-3388.
Register file size 1MB by Sept. 11 for the 21st Annual Fire and Life Safety Education Conference,Here We Grow Again. It will be held on September 28 and 29, 2015 at the Westford Regency Inn. This annual conference brings together fire and life safety educators, classroom teachers, and people who work with elders to learn, network and advance the safety of Massachusetts residents.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Public Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award. This 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 demonstrates leadership, teamwork, creativity, vision and perseverance. Do you know a committed, passionate fire and life safety educator who deserves to be recognized? Let us know and why! Deadline is Aug. 31.
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
Fire Officials Urge “Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals"
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Wellesley Fire Chief Rick DeLorie, president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts are urging everyone to “leave the fireworks to the professionals” this holiday season. Read the 2015 Fireworks Press Release.
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.