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
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 are an advisory and pamphlet on Fire Prevention in Schools.
In addition, the August DFS Briefs contains upcoming training opportunities and Fire Safety Tips.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the August DFS Briefs.
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.
Fall 2016 Senior Fire Officer Forum Series
The first of the Fall 2016 Senior Fire Officer Forum series will be “Step Up” Leadership and Team Building for Senior Fire Officers, by Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso, Kearny Fire Department, New Jersey, on September 12, 2016. It will cover important Leadership Skills such as mentoring, critiquing others, delegating, preventing freelancing, tackling administrative tasks, and dealing with subordinate Issues. Chief Viscuso will also cover important team building strategies, including a discussion on why teams fail, conflict resolution techniques, and how you know when people are ready to take on leadership roles and responsibility. The class includes a list of team building exercises, and real world examples of fire departments that provided exceptional service to their communities. Register by Aug. 29.. Check out this exciting list of upcoming presentations .
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.
Prevent Mulch Fires: Advice for Property Managers, Landscapers & Nurseries
State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and fire chiefs across the state want to remind building owners, property managers, nurseries and landscaping companies about the proper placement and storage of mulch in order to prevent these types of fires. Ostroskey said, “It’s important for mulch storage piles to be 30’ apart to keep fires from spreading and to place mulch 18” away from the exteriors of all buildings except homes with six or fewer apartments.” Read the full Mulch Fire Safety Release. Download the Mulch FireFactor in English and Spanish . Learn about the Mulch provisions of the Comprehensive Fire Safety Code.
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.
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.