• 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...
  • November 2014 DFS – Briefs – Monthly Updates from the Department of Fire Services

    Included in this month’s Briefs are a memorandum on NFPA 1 Subscription Service, several training opportunities, and public safety information.

    Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the November DFSBriefs.

  • Career Recruit Firefighter Class #220

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    Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #220 graduated on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 23 graduates, all men, represent the eleven fire departments of Abington, Acushnet, Beverly, Bourne, Braintree, Greenfield, Leominster, Middleton, Stoughton, Waltham and Westborough. Bourne Fire Chief Martin Greene was the guest speaker.

  • Celebrate Thanksgiving Safely

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    In each of the past five years, Thanksgiving has been the single day with the most fires. Thanksgiving is a wonderful family holiday, but the day can be ruined with a cooking or candle fire, a burn injury or a carbon monoxide incident from long-term use of the oven. Every home should have working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

  • Managing Fires in 2-1/2 Story Wood Frame Dwellings - Nov. 24 pdf format of Managing Fires in 2.5 Story Wood Frame Dwellings 11/24

    DFS in cooperation with the Bristol, Norfolk, and Plymouth County Fire Chiefs present this Fire Officer Tactical Operations training program for the company officer, Managing Fires in 2-1/2 Story Wood Frame Dwellings. It is designed to show the company officer how to complete all the necessary fire ground tasks in a safe and efficient manner and the presenter will be Chief Kenneth Galligan, retired, Brockton Fire Department. It will be held at Stonehill College in Easton on November 24.

  • 2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program Opens Nov. 3


    The FY 2014 AFG application period will open this coming Monday, November 3, 2014, at 8 am EST, and will close on Friday, December 5, 2014, at 5 pm EST. The FY 2014 AFG Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will be published to the AFG website during the day on Wednesday, October 29, or early Thursday, October 30. AFG will issue additional e-Blasts to announce when the FOA, as well as other technical assistance documents have been made available. Please visit the AFG website to access all available AFG application assistance documents.

  • Keeping Our Firefighters From Killing Themselves - December 10, 2014

    Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Deputy Assistant Chief John Norman (retired) will share ways to keep your firefighters from repeating the same deadly mistakes that others have made, so they can avoid the tragedies others have suffered. The class focuses heavily on changes occurring in today’s modern fire environment, including the most current research being conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Underwriters Laboratory (UL) FDNY and others. The chief stresses the changes in tactics needed to successfully deal with today’s modern fire environment to keep our firefighters safe. This Senior Fire Officer Forum presentation will be held December 10, 2014 at the Department of Fire Services – Stow Campus, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Course Fee: $20.00. Check or money order made out to "MFA Trust Fund." Please note:  Applications must include payment. Walk-ins will not be allowed.  Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required using the standard MFA application.

  • The Real World Approach to the Incident Command System links to PDF file

    MFA is offering a one-day class on December 11 or December 13 called The Real World Approach to the Incident Command System. This class will focus on the incident command system (ICS) as it applies to the fire service on a day-to-day basis by addressing “real world” concerns of incident management and accountability so that “Everyone Goes Home”. One of the most fundamental requirements of any fire service response is the strong command and control element. Some training programs teach the ICS with Armageddon-like incidents. Armageddon-like incidents are not the norm. “Everyday” incidents are products of the “Real World” ICS.

  • 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.

  • 25th annual Firefighter of the Year Awards

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    On October 28, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick joined Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral and State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan to honor firefighters from 10 Massachusetts communities for heroic acts of bravery during the 25th annual “Firefighter of the Year” Awards ceremony. The ceremony was held at John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston. Please see related press release.

  • 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.

  • Comprehensive Model Fire Code

    New  Fire Code Training - Revised Schedule
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    The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations has adopted a revised Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code (527 CMR 1:00) that will take effect on January 1, 2015. The new code adopts the National Fire Protection Association Standard 1(NFPA 1) with Massachusetts amendments. The Department of Fire Services and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are offering a number of two-day training opportunities - revised schedule pdf format of New Fire Code Orientation.pdf
 intended to prepare fire service personnel for the implementation and use of the revised code document. Code enforcement personnel will learn to navigate the new format. These sessions will not interpret code provisions or delve into specific areas of the code, rather they will introduce the format and highlight use of the code for fire service purposes. Attendees will receive a current copy of the base code and amendments at the class.

  • 2014-15 YouTube™ High School Burn Awareness Video Contest

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    The state Department of Fire Services in conjunction with the Mass. Association of Safety and Fire Educators (MaSAFE) and the MA Property Insurance Underwriting Association (MPIUA) are pleased to announce this year’s YouTubeTM High School Burn Awareness Video Contest!

    Burn Awareness Video Contest
    This contest is open to grade 9-12 students enrolled in Massachusetts’ schools and submissions must be from school-sponsored ELA or communications courses or sponsored extra-curricular groups. Communications teachers or faculty sponsors are required to review and approve all storyboards before filming starts. Videos are required to be one to three minutes long, explore burn prevention topics, be well researched, not demonstrating risky or unsafe behavior, and to be both educational and informative. This contest addresses learning standard components (Gr.9-10) SL.9-10.5, W.9-10.6, (Gr. 11-12) SL.11-12.5, and W.11-12.6 of the Massachusetts Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy.

  • Groundbreaking at Department of Fire Services - Springfield Campus

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    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.

  • 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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