Included in this month’s Briefs are information on the Massachusetts Firefighter Service Award Program which is available to any Massachusetts firefighter who has served for any period of time totaling 20 or more years, in five year increments, i.e., (20, 25, 30, etc.).
Also included are several training opportunities and public safety information.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the February DFS Briefs.
Members of the first Career Recruit Training Class to complete their training at the new Department of Fire Services’ Springfield Campus graduated on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. The ceremony took place at 100 Grochmal Avenue, Springfield, MA. The 16 graduates, 15 men and one woman, represent the seven fire departments of: East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Springfield, West Springfield, and Westfield. The guest speaker was Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.
March 24, 2016 - Senior Fire Officer Forum: Fire & Emergency Services- Ethics, the Future & Professional Development
On March 24, 2016, a 2-part Senior Fire Officer Forum on Fire & Emergency Services, Ethics, the Future and Professional Development will be presented by Dr. Denis Onieal, Deputy Fire Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration. It will take place at the Department of Fire Services in Stow. The first part will identify four major steps that lead to ethical lapses and the steps leaders can take to avoid them. The second part will help leaders learn to look for important information and how they can use it to plan for the future of fire and emergency services in their own communities. Course Fee: $20.00. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required using the standard MFA application . Deadline is Mar. 8.
National Burn Awareness Week is February 1-7, 2016. DFS has resources for fire and life safety educators to teach burn safety messages and for the public on how to prevent these painful injuries. We traditionally associate burns with fire, but hot liquid scalds to children under 5 is the leading burn problem in the state.
Keep Warm - Keep Safe
Tragedy frequently strikes in winter months where many fire deaths are caused by heating. It’s extremely important to take precautions with space heaters, keeping them at least three feet from anything that can burn, and properly disposing of woodstove ashes. These simple steps can help you and your family keep warm and keep safe this winter.
On Monday, January 25, 2016, 32 fire officers graduated from the 22nd offering of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program. The 13-week program was developed in accordance with National Fire Protection Association Standards for chief fire officers, and is delivered jointly by the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. It is a comprehensive course providing training in the non-fire suppression aspects of managing fire departments. The graduates serve these communities: Acton, Agawam, Arlington, Ashland, Attleboro, Boxford, Cambridge, Charlton, Concord, Devens, Eastham, Everett, Groton, Hingham, Holyoke, Kingston, Millis, Northampton, Orleans, Peabody, Randolph, Saugus, Sharon, Taunton, Wareham, Westminster, and Wrentham.
Here's the 2016 line-up of National Fire Academy (NFA) programs here at the Mass. Firefighting Academy: (MFA) Commissioning New Occupancies; New Fire Chief II: Contemporary Issues; Leadership I for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Company Success; Leadership II for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Personal Success; and Decision Making for Initial Company Operations.
On December 1, 2015, Lt. Gov. Karyn E. Polito joined Undersecretary of Public Safety and Security Patrick McMurray, State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, regional legislators and fire officials to officially dedicate the new Department of Fire Services Springfield campus.
Governor Charlie Baker, Public Safety and Security Secretary Daniel Bennett and State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan recognized heroic acts of bravery during the 26th annual “Firefighter of the Year” Awards. The event took place at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium on Monday, November 23, 2015 and recognized recipients with the following awards: 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 Boston, Bourne, Chelsea, Brookline, Falmouth, Framingham, Greenfield, Lawrence, Lowell, Marblehead, Massport, Melrose, Nantucket, Norwood, Palmer, Three Rivers, Revere, Saugus, Taunton, Turners Falls, Westwood and Worcester were honored during the ceremony. The State Fire Marshal’s Award was presented to three groups who help firefighters manage the stress and emotional tolls resulting from the performance of their duties. The Massachusetts Corps of Fire Chaplains, the On-Site Academy, and the Massachusetts Peer Support Network created and manage a system that promotes the health, fitness and well-being of Massachusetts firefighters.
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.