• 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...
  • July 2014 - DFS Briefs - Monthly Updates from the Department of Fire Services

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    Fire Chiefs, it’s time to submit nominations for the annual Firefighter of the Year Awards to honor outstanding acts of heroism and bravery as well as community service by Massachusetts firefighters. Look at these criteria pdf format of Criteria - Firefighter of the Year and use the nomination form pdf format of Nomination Form - Firefighter of the Year by July 15, 2014 for incidents that took place in FY ’14.

    With the upcoming July Fourth holiday, please reference previous guidance from the June DFS Briefs that contains important information for fire departments as they prepare for fireworks displays, including contact information and a fireworks display checklist which provides guidelines for a fireworks program (before the show, day of the show, following the show).  As always, my office stands ready to provide technical, compliance, and enforcement support, 24/7 – especially during the busy 4th of July week.  The following numbers may be called for immediate assistance:  outside of regular business hours (508) 820-2000 and during normal business days (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), (978) 567-3375.

    In addition, the July DFS Briefs contains an advisory on expiring tank truck stickers, upcoming training opportunities, fire safety for older adults and major storm safety.

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

  • Career Recruit Firefighter Class #214

    Career Recruit Firefighter Class #214

    Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #214 graduated on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 22 graduates, 21 men and one woman, represent the 11 fire departments of Beverly, East Longmeadow, Fitchburg, Framingham, Hingham, Lynn, Northborough, Randolph, Tewksbury, Westminster, and Westwood. The guest speaker was Tewksbury Fire Chief Michael Hazel.

  • Comprehensive Model Fire Code

    Public Hearing August 7, 2014
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    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 of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) will hold a public hearing on the proposed revisions to the Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code, 527 CMR 1.00 on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Department of Fire Services, State Road, Stow, MA. The purpose of the revised code, 527 CMR 1.00, is to prescribe minimum requirements and controls to safeguard life, property and public welfare from the hazards of fire and explosion created by the storage, handling or use of substances, materials or devices, or from conditions, or materials hazardous to life, property and the public welfare. The proposed base code:  NFPA-1 (2012) and the Massachusetts amendments pdf format of Pub Hear. draft of MA Amends to rvsd Fire Safety Code 2 to the base code are available for review.

    Written or oral comments may be submitted at the hearing or may be submitted by mail or e-mail to: Richard Fredette, BFPR Executive Director, Richard.Fredette@massmail.state.ma.us P.O. Box 1025, State Rd, Stow, MA 01775, Tel. 978-567-3713. To be considered by the Board, comments must be received by 4:00 p.m., August 6, 2014.

  • National Fire Academy Annual Weekend pdf format of National Fire Academy Annual Weekend

    The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services will be hosting the annual weekend in Emmitsburg, MD October 17-19, 2014.  The cost of the program is sixty dollars ($60.00) including meals.  Pre-registration is required with your course selection and the deadline for receiving completed applications is September 5, 2014.  Click the link  above to download the application.

  • 30th Anniversary of Beverly Rooming House Fire Tragedy Led to Local Option Sprinkler Legislation

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    This July 4 will be the 30th anniversary of the Elliott Chambers Rooming House fire in downtown Beverly that killed 15 residents and injured nine others. This tragedy led to swift passage of legislation allowing communities to choose to require sprinklers in boarding and lodging houses. Massachusetts General Law Chapter 148, Section 26H was then quickly adopted by many communities across the Commonwealth, leading to a decline in rooming house fires and especially fatal rooming house fires. It is one of the great fire prevention success stories. Prior to passage and local adoption of this law, rooming houses were known as “death traps” because of the high number of fire deaths. MORE (link to rest of the press release)

  • Call/Volunteer Firefighter Recruit Class #49

    Call/Volunteer Firefighter Recruit Class #49

    On June 25, 2014, Class #49 of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program graduated having completed 320 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 32 graduates, all men, represent the 12 fire departments of: Acushnet, Berkley, Dartmouth Dist. #3, Dighton, Fairhaven, Freetown, Lakeville, Mattapoisett, Rehoboth, Swansea, Wareham, and Westport.

  • Call/Volunteer Firefighter Recruit Class #48

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    On June 19, 2014, Class #48 of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program graduated having completed 320 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 33 graduates, 31 men and two women, represent the 22 fire departments of: Ashburnham, Ayer, Berlin, Harvard, Hopedale, Hudson, Leicester, Littleton, Lunenburg, Millbury, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Pepperell, Shirley, Southborough, Stow, Tyngsborough, Upton, Westford, Westminster and Weston.

  • Fireworks for Fire Prevention

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    The Division of Fire Safety has a new webpage, Fireworks Fire Prevention , for fire prevention officers with information and resources on how to enforce the fireworks laws and regulations and make sure the supervised fireworks displays are safe for both spectators and shooters. DFS stands ready to provide technical, compliance, and enforcement support, 24/7 – especially during the busy 4th of July week. The following numbers may be called for immediate assistance: outside of regular business hours (508) 820-2000 and during normal business days (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), (978) 567-3375.

  • Firefighter of the Year Award Nominations

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    Fire Chiefs, it’s time to submit nominations for the annual Firefighter of the Year Awards to honor outstanding acts of heroism and bravery as well as community service by Massachusetts firefighters. Look at these criteria pdf format of Criteria - Firefighter of the Year and use the nomination form pdf format of Nomination Form - Firefighter of the Year by July 15, 2014 for incidents that took place in FY ‘14.

  • 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.

  • More than 21,000 Trained Crowd Managers: Legacy of Station Nightclub Fire

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    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.

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