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
Heads of Fire Departments, it’s time to submit nominations for the annual Firefighter of the Year Awards to honor outstanding acts of heroism and bravery as well as community service by Massachusetts firefighters. Look at these criteria and use the nomination form by August 1, 2016 for incidents that took place in FY16.
With the upcoming July Fourth holiday, please reference previous guidance from the June DFS Briefs that contains important information for fire departments as they prepare for fireworks displays, including contact information and a fireworks display checklist which provides guidelines for a fireworks program (before the show, day of the show, following the show). As always, my office stands ready to provide technical, compliance, and enforcement support, 24/7 – especially during the busy 4th of July week. The following numbers may be called for immediate assistance: outside of regular business hours (508) 820-2000 and during normal business days (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), (978) 567-3375.
In addition, the July DFS Briefs contains upcoming training opportunities and FireFactors for Fire Safety for Older Adults.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the July DFS Briefs.
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.
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #246 graduated on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 35 graduates, 33 men two women, represent the 14 fire departments of: Beverly, Bourne, Falmouth, Foxborough, Hanover, Harwich, Haverhill, Maynard, Medway, Methuen, North Attleboro, Somerville, Southborough, and Stoughton. The guest speaker was Haverhill Interim Chief John Parow.
On June 28, 2016, Class #58 of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program graduated having completed 240 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 35 graduates, 33 men and two women, represent the 19 fire departments of: Berlin, Bolton, Boylston, Carlisle, Douglas, Grafton, Groton, Holden, Hopedale, Lancaster, Leicester, Littleton, Pepperell, Sherborn, Shirley, Shrewsbury, Sterling, Townsend and Weston. The ceremony took place at 7 p.m. at the Department of Fire Services, Stow Headquarters.
On June 23, 2016, Class #59 of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program graduated having completed 240 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 34 graduates, 32 men and two women, represent the 14 fire departments of: Acushnet, Berkley, Dartmouth Dist.3, Fairhaven, Freetown, Lakeville, Mattapoisett, Raynham, Rehoboth, Rochester, Swansea, Wareham, West Bridgewater, and Westport. There ceremony took place at 7 p.m. at the Matthew Kuss Middle School in Fall River.
Fall 2016 Senior Fire Officer Forum Series
Prevent Mulch Fires: Advice for Property Managers, Landscapers & Nurseries
State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and fire chiefs across the state want to remind building owners, property managers, nurseries and landscaping companies about the proper placement and storage of mulch in order to prevent these types of fires. Ostroskey said, “It’s important for mulch storage piles to be 30’ apart to keep fires from spreading and to place mulch 18” away from the exteriors of all buildings except homes with six or fewer apartments.” Read the full Mulch Fire Safety Release. Download the Mulch FireFactor in English and Spanish . Learn about the Mulch provisions of the Comprehensive Fire Safety Code.
Get Fired Up About Grilling Fire Safety
“With Memorial Day fast approaching, many people are getting the barbecue ready for the summer grilling season,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Take a few minutes for safety and inspect gas grills for leaks and cracks, and teach children to stay three feet away from any grill in use.” Read the 2016 Grilling Safety Press Release. Download the Grilling Safety FireFactor – a 1-page educational handout.
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.
MA Weekend at the NFA July 22-24, 2016
2016 NFA Weekend Partnered with Rhode Island and South Carolina file size 2MB
Massachusetts firefighters are welcome to attend the joint NFA weekend with Rhode Island and South Carolina on July 22 -24, 2016. The RI Chief’s Association is paying $50 for RI firefighters, but MA firefighters will have to pay the full $100. Send all applications to Tina Ahlborg at the RI Fire Academy.
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.
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.