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

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    As we enter into the “Halloween Season,” please keep in mind, the information that was provided last month on Corn Mazes, Advisory on Special Amusement Buildings for Halloween and Other Special Events, and Halloween Safety Tips. 

    Remember that October 5 – 11, 2014 is Fire Prevention Week.  This year’s theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives” and we will be spreading the word about the importance of having working smoke alarms and testing them every month.

    Included in this month’s Briefs, are an advisory regarding a smoke detector recall, several training opportunities and public safety information.

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

  • 25th annual Firefighter of the Year Awards

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    On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick and Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral will recognize heroic acts of bravery during the 25th annual “Firefighter of the Year” Awards. The event will take place at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at 10:00 a.m. recognizing recipients of the following awards: Medal of Honor, Medal of Valor, Individual Meritorious Conduct, Group Meritorious Conduct, the Norman Knight for Excellence in Community Service, and an Excellence in Leadership Award. Firefighters from Abington, Amherst, Billerica, Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Lunenburg, Lynn, New Bedford and Tewksbury will be honored during the ceremony. Past Medal of Honor recipients and their survivors will receive special recognition from State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan during this will milestone anniversary ceremony for their service and sacrifice.
  • State & Federal Resources for the Chief Fire Officer pdf format of State & Federal Resources for the Chief Fire Officer

    This one-day program for administrative and executive fire officers will provide an overview of assistance available from state and federal agencies.  There will be speakers from key organizations as well as booths and displays by additional agencies. Participants will have the chance to ask questions of and receive critical contact information from organizations that serve the Massachusetts fire service. 

  • State Fire Marshal Offers Halloween Safety Tips

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    State Fire Marshal Coan offers fire safety tips for celebrating Halloween including using a small flashlight or battery-operated candle inside pumpkins instead of an open-flame candle. Children should carry a flashlight and their costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them. Keep dried leaves and cornstalks away from all flames and heat sources. Our Halloween Safety pamphlet has good advice for children and adults to make the holiday safe and fun.

  • Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery – Nov. 2

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    Each year around Halloween, we turn the clocks back one hour. This is a good time to also change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. This year, buy batteries along with your Halloween candy and on Sunday, November 2 change your clocks and change your batteries.

  • Director of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy

    The Department of Fire Services seeks a director for the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy who is a seasoned manager in an environment of similar complexity and can provide effective leadership, communication, and management to a specialized training organization steeped in tradition. This is not a learning position. Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Business, Fire Science, Engineering Science or a related field or its equivalency in a combination of training education and experience, and five years of experience in an educational or training environment of which at least one year in a managerial capacity. A Master’s degree is preferred. Compensation is anticipated to be in the mid $90 to $100 thousand range, depending on qualifications. The selected candidate will be an employee of the Commonwealth and participate in the Commonwealth’s benefit and pension programs. For more information about the position and how to apply please visit the Collins Center for Public Management webpage at www.umb.edu/cpm.

  • Career Recruit Firefighter Class #218

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    Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #218 graduated on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 24 graduates, two women and 22 men, represent the eight fire departments of Cambridge, Marblehead, Melrose, North Andover, Salem, Tewksbury, Wilmington, and Winchester. Kenneth Willette, manager of the National Fire Protection Association‘s (NFPA) Public Fire Protection Division, and a retired Massachusetts fire chief, was the guest speaker.

  • 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!

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    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 will officially break 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.

  • Fire and Police Graduate Fire Investigation Course

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    State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Deputy State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey are pleased to announce that 97 public safety officers have completed the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy's six-day Basic Fire Investigation course. More.

  • 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.

  • All Hands Herald links to PDF file

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    The September issue of the All Hands Herald is available. This issue contains articles on the adoption of the new comprehensive fire safety code, resources on critical incident stress management (CISM) and preventing firefighter suicides, fall fire prevention topics, fire prevention week, campus fire safety month, upgrades to the HazMat fleet and technical rescue training.

  • SFOF: Massachusetts Law and the Fire Service – October 28, 2014  pdf format of SFOF: Massachusetts Law and the Fire Service – Octob...

    On October 28, Atty. Steven Rourke and Atty. Peter Senopoulos of the Department of Fire Services’ Legal Office will present a Senior Fire Officer Forum Presentation Massachusetts Law and Fire Service.  It will provide chief officers and first line supervisors with information related to various aspects of the Massachusetts General Laws including the public records law, enforcement duties, negligence liability and the Tort Claims Act, social media, strong chief/weak chief, mutual aide, and CDL driving requirements. The presentation will take place the University of Mass. Police Headquarters, 585 Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fee is $20 and includes lunch. Pres-registration is required using the standard MFA application.

  • Report Form for Fire Sprinkler Systems - 527 CMR 40

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    The regulation, 527 CMR 40.00 (section 40.03(4)), adopts NFPA 25 Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems (2011 edition). This section says “upon a written request of the Head of the Fire Department, the owner shall submit a written report relative to the inspection, testing and maintenance activity required by 527 CMR 40.00 on a form prescribed by the Marshal.” The Department of Fire Services has developed the report form pdf format of CMR 40.00 Inspection Form
(FP-021) required by the regulation. It is designed to capture important information and does not replace any other record keeping required by the regulation. The agency has also issued an advisory pdf format of Advisory on Form for 527 CMR 40:00
on the matter to fire chiefs. If you have further questions, please contact the Code Compliance and Enforcement Unit at (978) 567-3375 or in Western, MA at (413) 587-3181.

  • DFS Awarded AFG to Replace SCBA

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    WASHINGTON, DC – August 1, 2014 – Congresswoman Niki Tsongas announced today that the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services has been awarded federal funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The Department of Fire Services, which is based in Stow, will receive $496,596 to be used for self-contained breathing apparatus equipment. Congresswoman Tsongas, along with the entire Massachusetts delegation, strongly supported the Department of Fire Services’ grant application. MORE

  • National Fire Academy (NFA) in Massachusetts

    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 2014 and the spring of 2015.  Please click above for course offerings.  If you have any questions, please call 978-567-3200.
  • 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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