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 community. As you browse through our website, you will see all the services provided by the Department of Fire Services whether it is for training, uniform application of the fire codes, fire data, hazardous materials response, life safety education, or fire investigation.
Peter J. Ostroskey
State Fire Marshal
Heads of Fire Departments, it’s time to submit nominations for the annual Firefighter of the Year Awards to honor outstanding acts of heroism and bravery as well as community service by Massachusetts firefighters. Please check our website for the criteria and nomination form. Nominations must be postmarked by July 14, 2017, and sent to the Department of Fire Services c/o Kerry Weihn.
With the upcoming July Fourth holiday, please reference previous guidance from the June DFS Briefs that contains important information for fire departments as they prepare for fireworks displays. 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 July DFS Briefs contains upcoming training opportunities and public education information on fireworks and safety for older adults.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the July DFS Briefs.
On June 26, 2017, Class #65 of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program graduated having completed 230 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 36 graduates, 34 men and two women, represent the 23 fire departments of: Ayer, Barre, Berkley, Boylston, Carlisle, Dover, Groton, Holden, Lancaster, Littleton, Medway, Middleton, Millbury, Northborough, Princeton, Sherborn, Shirley, Spencer, Stow, Sutton, Tyngsborough, Webster, and West Brookfield. The ceremony took place at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, MA.
On June 22, 2017, Class #64 of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program graduated having completed 240 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 35 graduates, two women and 33 men, represent the 15 fire departments of: Acushnet, Berkley, Dartmouth District #2, Dartmouth District #3, Fairhaven, Freetown, Lakeville, Marion, Mattapoisett, Middleborough, Raynham, Rehoboth, Rochester, Swansea, and Westport. The ceremony took place at the Matthew Kuss Middle School, 52 Globe Mills Avenue, Fall River.
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #S04 graduated on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, Springfield campus. The graduates represent the eight fire departments of: Chicopee, Easthampton, Greenfield, Ludlow, Northampton, Springfield, West Springfield, and Westfield. The guest speaker was Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan.
Fire Officials Urge "Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals"
State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Easthampton Fire Chief David A. Mottor, 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 the full 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.
23rd Public Fire & Life Safety Education Conference
Join us for the 23rd Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference: Bridging the Gap, Fire Safety for All Ages. This conference will help educators support programs for school children and seniors and to bridge the gap to those in between. Teachers, firefighters, nurses, senior agency professionals, EMT’s, school safety officers, other injury prevention professionals, and police are encouraged to join us. For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “conference” in the subject line of your email. Look for registration brochures in June.
Nominations for the 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award
Do you know a fire or life safety educator or team who has made a difference and deserves to be recognized? Let us know and why. 2017 Life Fire Safety Nomination Form . Nominations are for the 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award are due Aug. 25, 2017. The award recognizes individuals or teams for their commitment to making our world safer from fire and other preventable injuries. We are looking for people who make a difference and who demonstrate leadership, teamwork, creativity, vision, and perseverance.
Get Fired Up About Grilling Fire Safety
State Fire Marshal Offers Safety Tips
“Memorial Day is the traditional launch of the summer barbecue season,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, “Take a few minutes for safety and inspect grills for leaks and cracks, and teach children to stay three feet away from any grill in use.” Read the 2017 Grilling Safety Press Release. Download the Grilling Safety FireFactor a 1-page educational handout.
The Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program is an intensive 14 session course, presented in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management. This course is designed to provide administrative and executive fire officers with a variety of leadership and management skills essential in municipal management. The information covered and case histories will be pertinent to Massachusetts municipal government. To learn more about the course and how to apply read the CFO Course Flyer and Application .
All Hands Herald
The May issue of the All Hands Herald file size 3MB has been posted online. It contains information for the fire service about DFS programs, training and initiatives. The top stories on are new training props, the new Learning Management System coming this summer, fire safety for marijuana grow facilities, new key senior staff appointments, nightclub safety, the high school video contest, and updates on the technical rescue program. In addition, there’s news from the fire investigation unit and about a smoke alarm recall that started here in Massachusetts.
FCAM Technical Rescue Subcommittee Video
Watch this 4-minute video made by the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts’ Technical Rescue Subcommittee. It showcases the vast and diverse technical rescue capabilities in the Commonwealth.
MFA Training Videos on YouTube™
Have you had a chance to look at the training videos that the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA) has posted a on the DFS YouTube™ Channel (www.youtube.com/DFSOSFM)? The first series has 19 training videos on ladders of all heights and maneuvers.