The new Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code (527 CMR 1.00) will take effect on January 1, 2015. The new code adopts, in large part, the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Model Fire Code (NFPA-1- 2012 Edition), with Massachusetts amendments. The new code should result in an improved, more comprehensive fire safety code, using consensus standards recognized throughout the nation.
Also included in this month’s Briefs is an updated advisory on the acquisition of NFPA codes and standards adopted in the revised Massachusetts Fire Code, an advisory on sky lanterns, as well as several training opportunities and public safety education materials.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the January DFS Briefs.
The first quarterly fire prevention training in 2015 will provide an overview of the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm/detector requirements for new and existing one- and two-family homes. It includes a detailed review of the requirements of the new 527 CMR 1.00, and the applicable building codes as they pertain to inspections mandated by MGL Chapter 148, Sections 26F and 26F 1/2. Registration information.
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan issued fire safety warnings due to the approaching storm which is likely to cause power outages. “Start your storm preparations by making sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working and stock up on battery-operated candles and flashlights in case the power goes out,” he said.
The Next Senior Fire Officer Forum will take place on March 17, 2015. Nationally recognized speaker Gordon Graham will present a 7-hour program on the concept of Creating the Highly Reliable Organization. He will cover how to identify the true cause of tragedies that plague our profession by focusing on the concept that a predictable event is a 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. The presentation will be held at the Devens Commons Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA. Course Fee: $20.00. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required using the standard MFA application.
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
The January issue of the All Hands Herald, the Department of Fire Services news magazine is now available on -line. This issue contains articles on the New Fire Safety Code, e-cigarettes and fires, the 25th annual Firefighter of the Year Awards, Guidelines on Responding to School Bomb Threats, public awareness campaigns, sprinklers and in mixed-used buildings, and more.
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #222 graduated on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, Stow campus. The 23 graduates, two women and 21 men, represent the 12 fire departments of Attleboro, Belchertown, Framingham, Hingham, Lowell, Medway, Newton, Salem, Sandwich, Saugus, Wakefield and Wellfleet.
Comprehensive Fire Safety Code
The revised Comprehensive Fire Safety Code, 527 CMR 1.00, took effect on January 1, 2015. The revised code adopts the National Fire Protection Association Model Code (NFPA 1, 2012 Edition), with Massachusetts amendments. The Department of Fire Services and the NFPA are offering additional training in January across the state for fire service personnel to learn to navigate the new code. Attendees will receive a hard copy of the base code and the amendments at the class. Click here for a full list of classes and registration info.
"Expected sub-freezing temperatures 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 State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. “We’ve already seen a number of serious fires, so take a few minutes to protect yourself and your family.” Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working as they will give you early warning of danger.
On December 30, 2014, Class #51 Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program graduated having completed 320 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 29 graduates, 27 men and 2 women, represent the 20 fire departments of: Ayer, Bolton, Douglas, Dudley, Dunstable, Grafton, Groton, Harvard, Leicester, Littleton, Lunenburg, Millbury, Newbury, Pepperell, Princeton, Rutland, Spencer, Townsend, Wareham, and Webster.
“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.
On Thursday, December 11, 2014, 33 fire officers from the 33 communities of Amherst, Arlington, Auburn, Ayer, Barnstable, Billerica, Bourne, Brockton, Brookline, Cohasset, Duxbury, Easton, Everett, Falmouth, Holden, Lexington, Littleton, Longmeadow, Marblehead, Massport, Natick, Plainville, Randolph, Shrewsbury, Stow, Wakefield, Wayland, West Springfield, Westborough, Westford, Weymouth, Wrentham, and Yarmouth graduated from the 21st offering of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program.
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.
On October 6, 2014, State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, Springfield Mayor L. Domenic Sarno, Springfield Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant, western Mass. fire chiefs and state building officials officially broke ground on the Department of Fire Services Springfield Campus. This $13.4 million project is being built on the site of the former Springfield Fire Training Center that the state bought from the city.
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.