• Welcome from the State Fire Marshal

    Peter J. Ostroskey, 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 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

  • January 2017 - DFS- Briefs - Monthly Updates from the Department of Fire Services

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    Included in this month’s Briefs are information on the Keep Warm, Keep Safe Public Awareness Campaign and the Massachusetts Firefighter Service Award Program which is available to any Massachusetts firefighter who has served for any period of time totaling 20 or more years, in five year increments, i.e., (20, 25, 30, etc.).

    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 January DFS Briefs.

  • Feb 13 - Senior Fire Officer Forum: Surviving the Insult

    Keene (NH) Fire Lieutenant William Greenwood will present a Senior Fire Officer Forum on Surviving the Insult on Monday, February 13, 2017 at the DFS Stow campus. All ranks are welcome to this class that will provide a good understanding of modern fire dynamics, flow path consideration and information on why today’s firefighters experience bad things during rapid fire growth. There is no fee and lunch is self-service in the cafeteria. Register online.
  • All Hands Herald


    The January issue of the All Hands Herald pdf format of January 2017 All Hands Herald
file size 3MB has been posted online. It contains information for the fire service about DFS programs, training and initiatives. The top stories on are the new smoke alarm regulations, the 26th annual Firefighter of the Year Awards, the Keep Warm, Keep Safe winter heating safety campaign, and new MFA Impact programs both field and online. In addition, there’s news from the plans review desk and the fire investigation unit.

  • Career Recruit Firefighter Class #250


    Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #250 graduated on Friday, December 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The graduates represent the 20 fire departments of: Boxford, Devens, East Bridgewater, Everett, Falmouth, Hanson, Harwich, Holden, Hopkinton, Lakeville, Medford, Methuen, Newton, Norwood, Salem, Seekonk, Westwood, Weymouth, Winthrop and Woburn. The keynote speaker was Medford Fire Chief Frank Giliberti, Jr.

  • Keep Warm, Keep Safe


    The cold weather is arriving early this year. Let’s hope it doesn’t stick around, but in the mean time it’s important to keep warm and keep safe this winter. If you’re using the fireplace, woodstove or pellet stove for some extra warmth, keep youngsters and anything that can catch fire at least three feet away and be sure to dispose of the ashes safely. Here are some more tips for heating safely with solid fuels. Using a space heater? Remember space heaters need space. Be sure to place it three feet away from things that can catch fire like furniture, bedding, newspapers, and clothing. Avoid using an extension cord, but if you must, make sure it is rated for the appliance.

  • New Smoke Alarm Regulations When Selling Older Homes

    No Expired Alarms; Replacement Alarms Must Have 10-year Batteries

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    Starting December 1, older one- and two-family homes cannot be sold with expired or out-of-date smoke alarms. The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations has revised the State Fire Code to require that one- and two-family homes built before 1975 must have working smoke alarms that have not expired. Working smoke alarms installed prior to December 1, 2016 (that met previous requirements) can continue to be used until they are 10 years old or have exceeded the manufacturer’s recommended life, whichever occurs first. Read the full press release on New Smoke Alarm Regulations. Realtors and homeowners can find out more on the Smoke Alarm Regulations page where they will find the Consumer’s Guide to Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Requirements When Selling One- and Two-Family Homes.

  • Taking Action Against Cancer

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    Cancer is becoming an ever-increasing cause of firefighter deaths. Firefighters have much higher rates of cancer than the residents they serve because of exposure to carcinogens on the fireground and in the firehouse. This course will provide information on immediate actions that all ranks from firefighter to chief can take to reduce the occupational cancer risk and how the nonprofit Firefighter Cancer Support Network can help firefighters cope with cancer. The course will address the importance of promoting a new culture of safety and fitness by developing the mindset that firefighters are tactical athletes in order to help prevent cancer, heart disease, and injuries within their departments.

    Fire chiefs and training officers can request this Impact course for their department by using the Mass. Firefighting Academy’s Course Request Form .

  • 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.

  • NFA in Massachusetts- New Fall Line-Up

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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 fall of 2016. The great offerings include: Decision Making for the Initial Company Officer, Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction, Residential Sprinkler Plan Review, and Building Organizational Support for Community Risk Reduction. For course descriptions and registration information, go to the NFA in Massachusetts webpage.
  • 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.