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
October 9-15, 2016 is Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme is“Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” representing NFPA’s final year of their three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.
Also included in this month’s Briefs are advisories on Nightclub Fire Safety and Fire Prevention Week, several training opportunities, and public safety information.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the October DFS Briefs.
State Fire Marshal Offers Halloween Safety Tips
State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey offers fire safety tips for celebrating Halloween including using battery-operated tea lights in pumpkins instead of candles. More children are injured by cars than fire on Halloween, so it’s important for children to learn and practice pedestrian safety and for drivers to use extra caution. Drive more slowly and watch for children who may forget to cross at corners and use crosswalks. Read the full Halloween Press Release. Or download our Halloween Safety Tips pamphlet for children and families.
Fall 2016 Senior Fire Officer Forum Series
On November 10, 2016, Dr. David Griffin will present a Senior Fire Officer Forum, In Honor of the Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy based on his book which included research into the June 18, 2007 Charleston, SC fire that killed nine firefighters and how the fire department responded and changed. He draws lessons that will help all organizations change. 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. 27. Check out this exciting list of upcoming presentations .
The members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #248 graduated on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 32 graduates, 30 men and two women, represent the 13 fire departments of: Abington, Attleboro, Concord, Dedham, Foxborough, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Marblehead, Norfolk, Norton, Salem and Watertown. The guest speaker was Marblehead Fire Chief Jason R. Gilliland.
- Theme is Don’t Wait! Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years
The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy is pleased to offer a free Hydrogen Safety Training for First Responders in conjunction with Hydrogen Emergency Response Training Resources, Pacific Northwest, and the U.S. Department of Energy. For additional information, contact: Paul.Betti@MassMail.State.ma.us. Register for this Nov. 9 half-day training.
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.
The Northwestern District Attorney, NoFIRES, and the State Fire Marshal will present a two-day conference Investigating the Youth Firesetter on November 1-2, 2016. For information or to register go to: www.NoFIRESjfis.com .
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 2016. The great offerings include: Decision Making for the Initial Company Officer, Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction, Residential Sprinkler Plan Review, and Building Organizational Support for Community Risk Reduction. For course descriptions and registration information, go to the NFA in Massachusetts webpage.
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.