• Welcome from the State Fire Marshal

    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...
  • April 2015 - DFS Briefs - Monthly Updates from the Department of Fire Services

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    Open burning season started on January 15 and ends on May 1; April is usually the worst month for brush fires. 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 several training opportunities and conferences as well as public safety information.

    Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the April DFS Briefs.

  • Career Recruit Firefighter Class #227

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    Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #227 will graduate on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 25 graduates, 21 men and four women, represent the 15 fire departments of Andover, Auburn, Belmont, Beverly, Burlington, Dracut, Duxbury, Gardner, Hingham, Kingston, Milton, Seekonk, Sudbury, Taunton, and Winthrop.

  • May is Electrical Safety Month

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    “May is Electrical Safety Month. Take a few minutes to look around for electrical hazards in your home and correct them,” said State Fire Marshal Coan. “Items such as electrical cords under rugs or pinched behind furniture, overloaded outlets, and laptops and phones charging on beds or sofas can expose you and your family to fire,” he added. READ MORE

  • 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

    This 5 hour Senior Fire Officer Forum discusses Green Buildings. As the concept of “green building standards” has become increasingly popular as regulations and consumers push home building and commercial construction to utilize green practices whenever possible. Green buildings are now presenting new and unique challenges to code enforcement and firefighting. This seminar will explore those challenges and will utilize a case study of a commercial building fire in which green construction features created some unique challenges for firefighters.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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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