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

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    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.

    The September DFS Briefs contains advisories on Food trucks, Code Compliance & Enforcement Unit Notification, Community Risk Reduction Resources, Form for use with 527 CMR 40.00, Special Amusement Buildings for Halloween and Other Special Events and Corn Maze Safety.

    Also included in this month’s Briefs are several trainings and an informational brochure with Halloween Safety Tips. 

    Please remember that our school-based S.A.F.E. Program and Senior SAFE Program applications can be found online at www.mass.gov/dfs.  The applications are due back at the Department of Fire Services by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7. 

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

  • 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.

  • Career Recruit Firefighter Class #217

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    Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #217 graduated on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 19 graduates, all men, represent the 12 fire departments of Bellingham, Concord, Falmouth, Gardner, Hanover, Leominster, Needham, Newton, North Andover, Norwell, Waltham, and Yarmouth. Chelsea Fire Captain Edward McGarry was the guest speaker.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
file size 1MB 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
file size 1MB has been developed to assist in the writing of these grants.  For further information please call the Public Education Department at (978) 567-3388.

  • Department of Energy presents: First Responder Safety Training, November 6, 2014 docx format of Department of Energy presents:  First Responder Safe...
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    Designed specifically to reduce the risks taken by first responders when responding to an incident involving alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, and advanced technology vehicles.

  • 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

  • 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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