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    Stephen D. Coan, State Fire Marshal
    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...
  • March 2015 - DFS- Briefs - Monthly Updates from the Department of Fire Services

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    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.

  • Prevent Brush Fires: Conduct Open Burning Early

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    Deputy State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “If you plan to burn brush this season, do so early, while there is still snow on the ground on a day when the winds are low.” Open burning season, in communities where it is allowed is January 15 to May 1.  Every spring, wind and weather conditions combine to elevate the hazards of brush fires. Once the snow melts it reveals dried grass, leaves, and fallen branches. Warm winds, low humidity and bright sunshine combine to make them tinder dry. This combustible debris provides the fuel for brush and woods fires.

  • Career Recruit Firefighter Class #225

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    Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #225 graduated on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The graduates represent the 14 fire departments of Acton, Centerville-Osterville-Marston Mills, Duxbury, Easton, Hanover, Lancaster, Leominster, Methuen, Nantucket, North Attleboro, Sandwich, Saugus, Scituate, and Stoughton. The guest speaker was Easton Fire Chief Kevin Partridge.

  • The Psychological Effects of Working a Fatal Fire

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    The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in conjunction with the Massachusetts State Police, Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit present The Psychological Effects of Working a Fatal Fire Scene on March 31, 2015. This 3-hour presentation will help provide public safety professionals who respond to fatal fires understand how such work can be a triggering event for things they are dealing with. The session will discuss the current research of the psychological effects of working fatal fire scenes and include a methodology of how to perform duties while navigating a fatality. Presented by Special Agent William Visnovske who is a certified Fire Investigator with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

  • 2015 Cape & Islands CISM Conference

    The Cape & Islands Critical Incident Support Team (CIST) is hosting the 2015 Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Conference April 13-15, 2015 at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis. For more information or to register go to www.capeandislandsems.org. Conference Brochure pdf format of 2015 Cape Cod CISM Conference Brochure

  • The New Fire Chief I: Challenging Issues (FO760)

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    MFA is offering the NFA Course The New Fire Chief I: Challenging Issues on May 5-6, 2015. This course is designed to develop the managerial, administrative and leadership skills necessary for chief officers and new fire chiefs. This course addresses critical knowledge and skills pertaining to the responsibilities of a fire chief including such topics as local politics, liability and risk management, and resources.

  • Green Buildings, The Fire Service Challenge - May 19, 2015

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    Ken Willette, manager of the National Fire Protection Association‘s (NFPA) Public Fire Protection Division, and staff will present this Senior Fire Officer Forum seminar that will explore the challenges green building techniques pose to firefighters and code enforcement personnel and will utilize a case study of a commercial building fire in which green construction features created some unique challenges for firefighters. The presentation will be held at the Department of Fire Services – Stow Campus.-registration is required using the standard MFA application .

  • Senior Fire Officer Forum: Highly Reliable Organization – May 26, 2015

    Nationally recognized speaker Gordon Graham will present a seven-hour program on the concept of creating the highly reliable organization. The program will cover how to identify the true cause of tragedies that plague our profession by focusing on the concept that a predictable event is 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.

  • DFS Springfield Campus Construction Update

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    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!

  • March 3, 2015 - Remember to Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery This Sunday

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    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.

  • NFA in Mass.  pdf format of NFA in Mass.

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    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.

  • Keep Warm, Keep Safe: Winter Heating Safety Campaign

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    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

  • Guidelines for Potential Infectious Disease Response – PPE Donning/Doffing  pdf format of Guidelines for Potential Infectious Disease Response – 
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    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.

  • State Fire Marshal Offers Tips to Prevent CO Poisoning

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    “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.

  • Technical Rescue Awareness: Local Team Capabilities links to PDF file

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    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.

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