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The Department of Fire Services is pleased to announce that the new Director of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, Shawn Murray of Hudson, NH is now on board. Murray served the Hudson (NH) Fire Department for 12 years, the last ten as chief and as the city’s director of emergency management.
Included in this month’s Briefs are several training opportunities and public safety information.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the December DFS Briefs.
Members of the Career Firefighter Recruit Class #204 will graduate on Friday, November22, 2013 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 10 departments of Amesbury, Clinton, Duxbury, Hanson, Ipswich, Malden, Medford, Northbridge, Turners Falls, and Waltham.
Keep Warm, Keep Safe Campaign
DFS is releasing new television and radio spots aimed at highlighting the simple steps residents can take now to be prepared for the winter as part of the Keep Warm, Keep Safe campaign. The spots remind residents to test their carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke alarms, get the furnace checked and chimney cleaned, to dispose of fireplace ashes outside the home, and to give space heaters at least three feet of space.
The National Fire Academy (NFA) Weekend will actually be held at the Stow headquarters of the Department of Fire Services on February 1-2, 2014 . The NFA courses that will be offered include: Courtroom Preparation and Testimony for First Responders; Community Risk Issues and Prevention Interventions; Commissioning New Occupancies; and Politics and the White Helmet. Use NFA registration materials but submit to MFA Registration by December 13, 2013 at 5 p.m. There is no cost to attend the program.
In March we will be offering the 6-day NFA course Fire Protection Systems for Emergency Operations . Use NFA registration materials but submit to MFA Registration by January 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. There is no cost to attend the program.
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Deputy State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey announced the appointment of Shawn Murray of Hudson, NH as the new director of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, a division of the state Department of Fire Services. Murray served the Hudson (NH) Fire Department for 12 years, the last ten as chief and as the city’s director of emergency management.
The Department of Fire Services, in conjunction with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and the Mass. Association of Safety and Fire Educators (MaSAFE), is pleased to announce this year’s YouTube™ Burn Awareness Video Contest for high school students. This is the 6th year of this successful contest that encourages students to harness their own medium in communications classes to learn and teach each other about fire and burn safety. Contest meets many requirements of the new Massachusetts Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy. Deadline for submissions is December 22, 2013. Awards will be presenting during Burn Awareness Week 2014.
On September 26, 2013, 64 firefighters, 13 local police officers and three Mass. State Police officers graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s six-day Fire Investigation course. This rigorous professional training provides them with the technical skills to accurately determine the origin and cause of fires in their jurisdictions and together, build solid, prosecutable cases.
Thirty-three firefighters from 16 communities in the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training Class #45 graduated on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Palmer High School.