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

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    As we approach the beginning of another school year, it’s an opportune time for fire departments to work with their school administrators and principals to remind them of their obligation to ensure the safety of their students and staff.  Included in this month’s DFS Briefs is a pamphlet on Fire Prevention in Schools.

    Also included in this month’s Briefs, is important information on Reporting of School Fires, Special Effects in School Productions and Training opportunities.

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

  • FY'15 Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) and Senior SAFE Grants Application

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    The Department of Fire Services is proud to announce the application for S.A.F.E. and Senior S.A.F.E. grants pdf format of FY' 15 S.A.F.E and Senior S.A.F.E Grant Application
is available online.  This year the application is a fillable form and fire departments  can either email or send a hard copy to DFS.  The deadline for submission is no later than 5:00 pm on Tuesday, October 7,2014.  A Powerpoint pdf format of FY' 15 S.A.F.E. and Sr. S.A.F.E. Grant App. Directions
has been developed to assist in the writing of these grants.  For further information please call the Public Education Department at (978) 567-3388.

  • Career Recruit Firefighter Class #216

    Career Recruit Firefighter Class #216

    Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #216 will graduate on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 22 graduates, all men, represent the 14 fire departments of Attleboro, Everett, Fitchburg, Lynn, Marlborough, Middleton, Milton, North Reading, Seekonk, Wakefield, Westfield and Woburn. Dracut Fire Chief David Brouillette will be the guest speaker.

  • 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

  • SFOF: NFPA Standards in Action – September 22

    The Department of Fire Services, Massachusetts Firefighting Academy will be presenting a Senior Fire Officer Forum session on September 22, 2014 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) on NFPA Standards in Action presented by Ken Willette, who currently serves as manager of the Public Fire Protection Division of N.F.P.A. and previously served as a Massachusetts fire chief.

  • Comprehensive Model Fire Code

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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 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.

  • 2014 Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference

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    The Department of Fire Services is pleased to present the registration brochure for this year’s Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference being held at the Westford Regency Hotel and Conference Center on September 29 and 30. The theme for this two-decade anniversary conference is: Destination SAFE! Fire & Life Safety Education for All Ages.

    Please join us for one or both days of the conference. If you have any questions, email Cynthia.ouellette@state.ma.us with the word “Conference” in the subject line, or call 978-567-3381. The deadline for registration is September 12, 2014.

  • Back to School Fire Prevention

    School Fire Prevention

    The fire chief, police chief and superintendent of schools in every community must hold a meeting before school starts to make and review multi-hazard plans for each school. These so-called “363 meetings” after the section of law that requires them, have been required since 2000, so often it is a matter or reviewing and updating existing plans especially when key players change, making plans for new school buildings, and most importantly, making sure there is training and communication with the people in each building who will need to carry it out in an emergency. It is important to include procedures for parent-child re-unification to ensure accountability.

    The recent report of the Governor’s School Safety Commission highlighted the importance of these meetings and safety plans. It emphasized the need for teamwork before, during and after an emergency and talked about using the Incident Command System (ICS) as a framework for collaboration.

    It might be useful to discuss other topics during these meetings such as the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program, the school fire reporting law , (MGL C 148, S 2A) and bring them copies of the forms and ask if they know where to send reports, and provide a copy of the School Fire Prevention pdf format of School Fire Prevention Overview
pamphlet. The pamphlet will give you chance to review fire drills, use of theatrical special effects, storage of cleaning products, servicing of fire extinguishers, fire alarms and commercial cooking equipment, chemistry lab safety, school wall decorations, etc. On the Department of Fire Services’ webpage go to Division of Fire Safety and Fire Prevention Resources and School Fire Prevention are resources for fire departments on these topics. In addition, there is information in the August DFS Briefs and on the Index of DFS Advisories to fire chiefs.

  • 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.

  • 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.
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