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
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 is a pamphlet on Fire Prevention in Schools.
In addition, the August DFS Briefs contains upcoming training opportunities and the 2016 Massachusetts Fire Facts.
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 # 256 graduated on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 33 graduates, all men, represent the 23 fire departments of: Ashland, Bedford, Clinton, Easton, Fitchburg, Franklin, Gardner, Groton, Hanover, Haverhill, Hudson, Lawrence, Lynnfield, Melrose, North Attleboro, Northborough, Sandwich, Scituate, Sudbury, Uxbridge, Weston, Wilmington and Woburn. Retired Lincoln Fire Chief Richard Goddard was the guest speaker.
On August 2, the Department of Fire Services (DFS) launched its new Learning Management System (LMS). Students replacing the old Academy Course Management System. Students can register for courses online from any electronic device and start to take advantage of the many great features of the new system. Harnessing technology should make it easier for students to review training options, enroll in courses, and access course materials online at any time of day that fits into their schedules. The second phase will include rolling out online courses and access to transcripts.
Students are already successfully registering for courses online. Anyone who has taken a course at DFS since 1999 already has an established an online profile, and should have received an email notification. Anyone who has trouble activating their online accounts should call the MFA registration staff at (978) 567-3200 to validate their identity and activate their profiles. We do not want students creating duplicate profiles because they will not be able to see their training history if they do.
Register for the 23rd Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference: Bridging the Gap, Fire Safety for All Ages file size 1MB. This conference will help educators support programs for school children and seniors and to bridge the gap to those in between. Teachers, firefighters, nurses, senior agency professionals, EMT’s, school safety officers, other injury prevention professionals, and police are encouraged to join us.
Nominations for the 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award
Do you know a fire or life safety educator or team who has made a difference and deserves to be recognized? Let us know and why. 2017 Life Fire Safety Nomination Form Nominations are for the 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award are due Aug. 25, 2017. The 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 demonstrate leadership, teamwork, creativity, vision, and perseverance
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.
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.