The summer season is upon us once again, starting with July Fourth celebrations and fireworks displays. As usual with the June issue, this month’s DFS Briefs 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). The emergency activation flyer will help you and the police departments contact the State Police Bomb Squad for pick-up of confiscated fireworks. 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 June DFS Briefs contains upcoming training opportunities and public education information.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the June DFS Briefs.
Fire Officials Urge “Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals”
State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Wellesley Fire Chief Rick DeLorie, president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts issued a press release today urging everyone to “leave the fireworks to the professionals” this holiday season. Read more of the press release:
For a list of supervised fireworks displays, videos and more information on the dangers of fireworks, please visit our Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals webpage.
On June 28, 2016, Class #58 of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program will graduate having completed 240 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 35 graduates, 33 men and two women, represent the 19 fire departments of: Berlin, Bolton, Boylston, Carlisle, Douglas, Grafton, Groton, Holden, Hopedale, Lancaster, Leicester, Littleton, Pepperell, Sherborn, Shirley, Shrewsbury, Sterling, Townsend and Weston. The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. at the Department of Fire Services, Stow Headquarters.
On June 23, 2016, Class #59 of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program graduated having completed 240 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 34 graduates, 32 men and two women, represent the 14 fire departments of: Acushnet, Berkley, Dartmouth Dist.3, Fairhaven, Freetown, Lakeville, Mattapoisett, Raynham, Rehoboth, Rochester, Swansea, Wareham, West Bridgewater, and Westport. There ceremony took place at 7 p.m. at the Matthew Kuss Middle School in Fall River.
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class # 246 will graduate on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The graduates represent the 14 fire departments of: Beverly, Bourne, Falmouth, Foxborough, Hanover, Harwich, Haverhill, Maynard, Medway, Methuen, North Attleboro, Somerville, Southborough, and Stoughton. The guest speaker will be Haverhill Interim Chief John Parow.
Fall 2016 Senior Fire Officer Forum Series
Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Polito Swear In State Fire Marshal Ostroskey
On May 26, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karen Polito, and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett publicly swore in State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey in a ceremony attended by members of the fire service, friends and family, public safety agency heads and other New England State Fire Marshals.
Prevent Mulch Fires: Advice for Property Managers, Landscapers & Nurseries
State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and fire chiefs across the state want to remind building owners, property managers, nurseries and landscaping companies about the proper placement and storage of mulch in order to prevent these types of fires. Ostroskey said, “It’s important for mulch storage piles to be 30’ apart to keep fires from spreading and to place mulch 18” away from the exteriors of all buildings except homes with six or fewer apartments.” Read the full Mulch Fire Safety Release. Download the Mulch FireFactor in English and Spanish . Learn about the Mulch provisions of the Comprehensive Fire Safety Code.
Get Fired Up About Grilling Fire Safety
“With Memorial Day fast approaching, many people are getting the barbecue ready for the summer grilling season,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Take a few minutes for safety and inspect gas grills for leaks and cracks, and teach children to stay three feet away from any grill in use.” Read the 2016 Grilling Safety Press Release. Download the Grilling Safety FireFactor – a 1-page educational handout.
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.
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.
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 .
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.