When Daylight Savings Time arrives on March 8, 2015 and you change your clock, please also remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms (unless they have a 10-year lithium battery). It’s also a good time to check your carbon monoxide alarms and replace them if they have reached the end of their lives. Get more information on how to Beat the Beep and replace aging CO alarms.
Included in this month’s Briefs is an advisory concerning Fire Suppression System Initiators Containing Explosive Materials.
Also included are several training opportunities and public safety information.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the March DFS Briefs.
Deputy State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey reminds us that when we change our clocks this Sunday, March 8 we should also change the batteries in our smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. “We have had 12 fire deaths so far in 2015, and the one common thread between many of them is the lack of working smoke alarms,” said Deputy State Fire Marshal Ostroskey.
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #224 graduated on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The graduates represent the 18 fire departments of Billerica, Clinton, Cotuit, Dracut, Dudley, Hudson, Hyannis, Ludlow, Mashpee, Maynard, Methuen, North Reading, Peabody, Plymouth, Taunton, Weston, Wilmington, and Woburn. The keynote speaker was retired Wakefield Fire Chief David Parr.
The Next Senior Fire Officer Forum will take place on March 17, 2015. Nationally recognized speaker Gordon Graham will present a 7-hour program on the concept of Creating the Highly Reliable Organization. He will cover how to identify the true cause of tragedies that plague our profession by focusing on the concept that a predictable event is a preventable event. Mr. Graham will provide attendees with a number of ways to achieve the goal of reducing accidents and injuries through an effective program of organizational risk management. The presentation will be held at the Devens Commons Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA. Course Fee: $20.00. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required using the standard MFA application.
“With temperatures plummeting and more snow storms arriving, this is the time when we tend to see more fires,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. “A working smoke alarm is your first line of defense and will give you precious seconds to escape a fire.”
The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy will be hosting several National Fire Academy (NFA) courses at the Department of Fire Services Stow campus in the spring and fall of 2015. The great offerings include: Decision Making for the Initial Company Officer, Emergency Response to Terrorism – Strategic & Tactical Considerations for Supervisors, The New Fire Chief I: Challenging Issues, Introduction to Unified Command for All Hazard Incidents, ICS and Resources Management for the Fire Service, and Commissioning new Occupancies For course descriptions and registration information, go to the NFA in Mass. webpage.
Once again this winter, the Department of Fire Services is running the Keep Warm, Keep Safe winter home heating safety campaign. This is includes a Toolkit for local fire departments (and other educators) to use to promote the key fire and carbon monoxide (CO) safety messages locally. Heating equipment is the leading cause of CO in the home. The kit includes tip sheets in multiple languages, television and radio public service announcements, logos, op-eds, and one-stop shopping for handouts on winter heating safety, working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and the importance of practiced home escape plans. The campaign includes steps to prevent winter heating fires and links to fuel assistance programs
Comprehensive Fire Safety Code
The revised Comprehensive Fire Safety Code, 527 CMR 1.00, took effect on January 1, 2015. The revised code adopts the National Fire Protection Association Model Code (NFPA 1, 2012 Edition), with Massachusetts amendments. The Department of Fire Services and the NFPA are offering additional training in January across the state for fire service personnel to learn to navigate the new code. Attendees will receive a hard copy of the base code and the amendments at the class. Click here for a full list of classes and registration info.
"Expected sub-freezing temperatures will tax our heating and electrical systems as we try to stay warm, so a little caution can help you make you it safely through the extreme weather,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. “We’ve already seen a number of serious fires, so take a few minutes to protect yourself and your family.” Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working as they will give you early warning of danger.
“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.
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.
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.