When Daylight Savings Time ends on November 1 and you change your clock, please also remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms (unless they have a 10-year lithium battery). It’s also a good time to check your carbon monoxide alarms and replace them if they have reached the end of their lives.
Also included in this month’s Briefs are upcoming training opportunities and public safety information.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the November DFS Briefs.
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.
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #236 graduated on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 22 graduates, three women and 19 men, represent the 11 fire departments of: Dennis, Holden, Hopedale, Hyannis, Lowell, Orleans, Scituate, Seekonk, West Barnstable, Winchester, and Woburn. The guest speaker was Hyannis Fire Chief Harold S. Brunelle.
Thanksgiving is the single day with the most home fires in Massachusetts. It is a wonderful family holiday that celebrates Massachusetts history, but the day can be ruined with a cooking or candle fire, a burn injury or a carbon monoxide incident from long-term use of the oven. Every home should have working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director George Kramlinger are pleased to announce that 22 public safety officers completed the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s six-day Advanced Fire Investigation course on October 28, 2015.
On December 1, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will join State Fire Marshal Coan, Springfield Mayor Sarno, legislators and fire officials to officially dedicate the new Department of Fire Services Springfield campus at 10 a.m. The facility is located at 100 Grochmal Avenue, Springfield, MA.
On November 5, 2015, Class #55 of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program graduated having completed 240 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 35 graduates, , represent the 19 fire departments of: Ashland, Ayer, Carlisle, Douglas, Dover, Groton, Littleton, Lunenburg, Lynnfield, Millville, Northbridge, Paxton, Rutland, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Stow, Webster, Westborough, and Westminster. The ceremony took place at 7 p.m. at the Department of Fire Services Stow campus, 1 State Road, Stow, MA.
On November 4, 2015, Class #54 of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program graduated having completed 240 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 32 graduates, , represent the 18 fire departments of: Amherst, Belchertown, Chesterfield, Dalton, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Granby, Great Barrington, Hadley, Hampden, Hatfield, Monson, Palmer, Richmond, South Hadley-District 1, Southampton, Ware, and Williamsburg. The ceremony took place at the Easthampton High School, 70 Williston Avenue, Easthampton, MA.
The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy will be hosting several National Fire Academy (NFA) courses at the Department of Fire Services Stow campus in 2015. Please check out the interesting new fall course offerings. If you have any questions, please call 978-567-3200.
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.