Open burning season starts January 15 and ends May 1. Check with your local fire warden or fire chief to see if open burning is allowed in your community. Enclosed in the DFS Briefs this month are Safety Tips for Open Burning Season.
Also included in this month’s Briefs are an advisory on the proposed “new” comprehensive fire code, several training opportunities and info for first responders and the public on the Beat the Beep campaign to replace aging CO alarms.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the March DFS Briefs.
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan reminds us that when we change our clocks this Sunday, March 9 we should also change the batteries in our smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. “We have had 12 fire deaths so far in 2014, and the one common thread between them is the lack of working smoke alarms,” said State Fire Marshal Coan.
Fire Prevention Officer Level I Class
The Fire Prevention Officer Level I class will be offered by the Mass. Firefighting Academy twice this spring: in Saugus, March 18, April 8 & 10, 2014 and in Fitchburg, March 25, April 29 & May 1, 2014. The blended program includes 24 hours of classroom and approximately 18 hours of on line training. Upon successful completion of this 40-hour blended program, participants will be credentialed to the level of Fire Prevention Officer – Level I. The pre-requisites are you must be currently credentialed as Fire Prevention Officer – Basic and the chief of department must sign-off.
Chief Billy Goldfeder, of www.FirefighterCloseCalls.com will be presenting a Senior Fire Officer Forum on Firefighter Death & Injury Survival Program, May 9 at DFS in Stow and May 10 in Springfield. This wake up lecture by Chief Goldfeder is an in-depth program featuring specific, recent fireground events with a strong focus on dwelling fires-that ended with tragic results. He will examine the lessons learned from these fires; why some firefighters did not go home and some did. This is a very personal, high-energy direct and frank presentation on operations and tactics. This seminar will help you understand how and why.
The State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit, part of the Department of Fire Services, will be presenting a seminar Public Safety Responses to Bombing Incidents . Tpr. Eric Gahagan will discuss the response to the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line and the investigation that followed. Sgt. William Qualls will discuss recognition of explosive devices and how to response to a bomb threat, suspicious package, or real devices. Tpr. Dan Jones will speak on the EMS component of bombing incidents. The seminar will be offered: February 27 in Stow; March 18 in Taunton; and March 26 in Amherst. Click here for registration information through the Mass. Firefighting Academy.
- Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #208 graduated on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 24 graduates, two women and 22 men, represent the 10 fire departments of Athol, Billerica, Chelmsford, Framingham, Hopkinton, Lincoln, Medford, Revere, Weston and Weymouth. The keynote speaker was retired Boston Firefighter Edward T. Loder, one of the most highly decorated Boston firefighters, who also works at the Department of Fire Services.
Requiring trained crowd managers at nightclubs and similar establishments is part of the Massachusetts response to the fire at The Station nightclub eleven years ago. Since March 2011, over 21,000 crowd managers have been certified in Massachusetts. A crowd manager must be trained and tested every three years and the first certifications issued in March 2011 are now expiring. A new training program is available and completion is required as part of the recertification process. Trainees can access the materials online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Comprehensive Model Fire Code – NFPA 1- Public Comment Period
The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) and the Department of Fire Services are working to develop a comprehensive model fire code for Massachusetts. The board recently voted to initiate the promulgation process and eventual adoption of a substantially revised Massachusetts Fire Safety Code (527 CMR). The new code adopts, in large part, the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Model Fire Code (NFPA-1- 2012 Edition), with the retention or creation of certain provisions unique to Massachusetts. The adoption of the new code should result in an improved, more comprehensive fire safety code, using consensus standards recognized throughout the nation. We are now in the public comment period for the draft proposed regulation.
The FY 2013 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant application period will open Tuesday, February 18, at 8 am EST, and close Friday, March 21 at 5pm EST. The FP&S Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. In 2005, Congress reauthorized funding for FP&S and expanded the eligible uses of funds to include Firefighter Safety Research and Development. The FEMA webpage has many tools to assist applicants in developing their proposals.
April 2-3, 2014 - Propane Industry Responders Conference file size 5MB
On April 2 & 3, 2014 the Mass. Firefighting Academy will be hosting a 2-day Industry Responders Conference co-sponsored by PERC (Propane Education and Research Council) and PGANE (Propane Gas Association of New England). The conference is an opportunity for first responders to learn from propane safety experts and will include classroom discussion and field demonstrations on both days
The Department of Fire Services is rolling out a new on-line training for fire personnel who will be working blasting details. The on-line training replaces the Division of Fire Safety presentation and includes a testing component. The e-learning course covers the basic knowledge required to work a blasting detail including the transportation, storage and use of explosive materials. The program also covers the fire code regulation (527 CMR 13) relative to air blast, ground vibration, and fly rock. The goal is to make this training available to fire departments whenever they need to have trained personnel quickly ready to supervise this work. Proper enforcement of the regulation protects public safety and the regulated industry.
- State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan issued a fire safety warning as we enter a weekend of extremely cold weather, perhaps the coldest in years. “This weekend 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 Coan. Read More...
DFS is releasing new television and radio spots aimed at highlighting the simple steps residents can take now to be prepared for the winter as part of the Keep Warm, Keep Safe campaign. The spots remind residents to test their carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke alarms, get the furnace checked and chimney cleaned, to dispose of fireplace ashes outside the home, and to give space heaters at least three feet of space.
The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy will be hosting several National Fire Academy (NFA) courses at the Department of Fire Services Stow campus during 2014. Please use the NFA course registration form to register and mail or drop off the form to: MFA Registration. There is no cost to attend the program. If you have any questions, please call 978-567-3200 for more information.