Fire Chiefs, 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. Look at these criteria and use the nomination form by July 15, 2015 for incidents that took place in FY ’15.
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, including contact information and a fireworks display checklist which provides guidelines for a fireworks program (before the show, day of the show, following the show). 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 DFSBriefs contains upcoming training opportunities, Save the Date for our 21st Annual Fire & Life Safety Education Conference and FireFactors for Fire Safety for Older Adults.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the July DFSBriefs.
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #231will graduate on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 25 graduates, all men, represent the 15 fire departments of: Amesbury, Athol, Bedford, Belmont, Cohasset, Fitchburg, Kingston, Lawrence, Ludlow, Mashpee, Medford, Middleton, Northampton, Wilmington, and Yarmouth. The guest speaker will be Fitchburg Fire Chief Kevin Roy.
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.
Fire Investigation and Prosecution Conference
Job Fairs for Crib Room Support Staff - Springfield Campus
Do you enjoy working in the fire service? Would you like to improve your skills while getting paid? If so, DFS is currently filling 35 vacancies to support its new Springfield campus opening in the fall of 2015. Crib staff members provide support and assistance for fire training programs and daily tasks include operating fire equipment, moving equipment to different locations, loading and unloading trucks and trailers, and setting up various training props. DFS is hosting a series of job fairs in Westfield, Northampton, Springfield and Pittsfield with current staff who can answer questions. Check here for more information on DFS Employment Opportunities.
Fire Officials Urge “Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals"
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Wellesley Fire Chief Rick DeLorie, president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts are urging everyone to “leave the fireworks to the professionals” this holiday season. Read the 2015 Fireworks Press Release.
Despite all the snow this winter, the construction of the DFS Springfield Campus has continued. The roof was completed in time to allow interior work proceed. All under slab utilities have been installed and the concrete floor poured over them. The windows have been installed and all exterior brick masonry has been completed. We are on track for completion and move in next fall!
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.
State Fire Marshal Offers Outdoor Grilling Safety Tips
Start the Summer Off Safely
“With Memorial Day fast approaching, many people are getting the barbecue ready for the summer grilling season,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. “Take a few minutes for safety and inspect gas grills for leaks and cracks, and teach children to stay three feet away from any grill in use.” Read the 2015 Grilling Safety Press Release. Download the Grilling Safety FireFactor – an educational handout.
The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy will be hosting several National Fire Academy (NFA) courses at the Department of Fire Services Stow campus in 2015. Please click above for course offerings. If you have any questions, please call 978-567-3200.
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.