This month’s Briefs include an advisory on Colored Powder, several training opportunities, and public safety education materials on Grilling Safety.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the May DFS Briefs.
“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 Peter J. Ostroskey. “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 the full Electrical Safety Month press release.
The U.S. Fire Administration's Arson Awareness Week theme for 2016 is Prevent Wildland Fires – Spread Facts Not Fire. While Massachusetts may not have the same kind of wildland fires that they do in the western US, but we do have wildland fires that tax our firefighting resources.
State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “If you plan to burn brush this season, do so carefully.” Open burning season, in communities where it is allowed is January 15 to May 1. Every spring, wind and weather conditions combine to elevate the hazards of brush fires. Once the snow melts, and it has disappeared early this year, it reveals dried grass, leaves, and fallen branches. Warm winds, low humidity and bright sunshine combine to make them tinder dry. This combustible debris provides the fuel for brush and woods fires.
Career Recruit Class Moves to 10 Weeks
State Fire Marshal Ostroskey announced several changes to MFA policies recently made by the Mass. Fire Training Council, chief among them is that the Career Recruit Firefighter Training course will move to a 10-week course on June 13, 2016 starting with Class #247. The Career Recruit Rules & Regulations can be found on our website under the Fire Chief's Full-time Recruit Application Package .
The Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program is an intensive 13 session course, presented by the Mass. Firefighting Academy in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management. Applications are now being accepted for next fall's course; the deadline is 5/30. This course is designed to provide the new chief officer with a variety of leadership and management skills essential in municipal management. The information covered and case histories will be pertinent to Massachusetts municipal government.
Here's the 2016 line-up of National Fire Academy (NFA) programs here at the Mass. Firefighting Academy: (MFA) Commissioning New Occupancies; New Fire Chief II: Contemporary Issues; Leadership I for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Company Success; Leadership II for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Personal Success; and Decision Making for Initial Company Operations.
MA Weekend at the NFA July 22-24, 2016
2016 NFA Weekend Partnered with Rhode Island and South Carolina file size 2MB
Massachusetts firefighters are welcome to attend the joint NFA weekend with Rhode Island and South Carolina on July 22 -24, 2016. The RI Chief’s Association is paying $50 for RI firefighters, but MA firefighters will have to pay the full $100. Send all applications to Tina Ahlborg at the RI Fire Academy.
Company Officer Training
Massachusetts Firefighting Academy is dedicated and committed to training fire officers and future fire service leaders. New training opportunities combined with student feedback and evaluations, have allowed the Fire Officer Program Group to re-design current courses to support our future leaders along a consistent professional development training track.
The training tracks offer students a logical progression of professional development courses to succeed as an Officer. The courses, consisting of self-guided online learning, didactic classroom, simulation, practical and seminar, will allow students a more tailored learning experience and dynamic training environment.
On April 14, 2015, the State Fire Marshal issued an advisory announcing the Fire Prevention Officer (FPO) Re-Credential Process to Heads of Fire Departments. The advisory states that anyone holding a fire prevention officer certificate (Level I or II) showing an expiration date of 2015 or 2016 has an automatic extension to submit for re-credentialing by December 31, 2016. Learn more about the Fire Prevention Officer Credentialing process that is designed to document an individual’s knowledge in their field and their effort to continue their professional education and training and achievement of certification in key areas.
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.