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
October 9-15, 2016 is Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme is“Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” representing NFPA’s final year of their three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.
Also included in this month’s Briefs are several training opportunities and Halloween Safety Tips.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the September DFS Briefs.
State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey is pleased to announce that the S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant applications for Fiscal Year 2017 are now available. They can be found online at www.mass.gov/dfs under the S.A.F.E. Grants and Year End Reports page, along with a listing of the initial eligible amounts by fire department/fire district.
The final grant award amounts are likely to change depending on final funding approval and the number of departments that apply for the grants. The applications are due back at the Department of Fire Services no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016.
Fall 2016 Senior Fire Officer Forum Series
The next Senior Fire Officer Forum will be Top 20 Tactical Considerations from UL & NIST Firefighter Safety Research on October 17 at the Department of Fire Services in Stow. The presenter will be Chief Peter Van Dorpe of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, IL. He will lead a guided discussion on how firefighters may best implement the principles and concepts arising from recent UL & NIST firefighter safety research on the fire ground. Course Fee: $20.00. Check or money order made out to "MFA Trust Fund." Please note: Applications must include payment. Walk-ins will not be allowed. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required using the standard MFA application . Deadline to register is Oct. 3. Check out this exciting list of upcoming presentations .
All Hands Herald
The September issue of the All Hands Herald file size 18MB has been posted online. It contains information for the fire service about DFS programs, training and initiatives. The top stories on are the Maritime Incident Response Team’s Joint Exercise, FirstNet and the Fire Services, “hoverboard” recalls, fall public education resources, from the Plans Review Desk emergency responder radio coverage, and Fire Investigation Unit News.
Campus Fire Safety Month
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, joined by fire and building college health and safety officials, and fire safety advocates, proclaimed September as Campus Fire Safety Month. Together they called for an increased focus on off-campus housing safety. Read the full press release: http://ow.ly/jabq303LKi0. They launched a new college fire safety campaign Best Roommates Evah! Working Smoke Alarms and Two Ways Out.
The Northwestern District Attorney, NoFIRES, and the State Fire Marshal will present a two-day conference Investigating the Youth Firesetter on November 1-2, 2016. For information or to register go to: www.NoFIRESjfis.com .
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #247 graduated on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 29 graduates, all men, represent the 16 fire departments of: Amesbury, Arlington, Chicopee, Fairhaven, Gardner, Gloucester, Haverhill, Lexington, Littleton, Lynnfield, Orange, Seekonk, Sudbury, Walpole, Watertown and Yarmouth. The guest speaker was Yarmouth Fire Chief Philip Simonian.
Back-to-School Fire Prevention Resources
Back-to-school time is a busy time for fire prevention officers as well as school officials. The Department of Fire Services has tools and resources for both on the Fire Prevention in School webpage including an overview of key regulations, information on fire drills, school fire reporting, the annual ‘363 meetings’ on the All Hazard Plans, and information on the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program.
Proving Public Education Works!
In FY ’14, 1,008 firefighter-educators made 6,456 classroom visits in 225 communities to teach fire and life safety to 282,604 children in Massachusetts. They reached over 37,000 older adults through 757 presentations, 2,472 home visits, and installed 2,126 smoke alarms and 1,489 CO alarms. Read about the results of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E) Program for students and the Senior SAFE Program for older adults in the Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report file size 1MB.
Register now file size 3MB file size 3MB for the 22nd annual Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference. This conference will offer a number of workshops that will keep educators moving towards our destination, keeping all ages safe. Keeping Everybody Safe Every Day will include programs for new fire and life safety educators, workshops to challenge experienced educators, and workshops that teach new ways to develop partnerships, collaborate, and expand program management skills. Teachers, firefighters, nurses, senior agency professionals, EMT’s, school safety officers, other injury prevention professionals and police are encouraged to join us.
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.
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.
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.
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.