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.
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.
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #229 graduated on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 21 graduates, all men, represent the 16 fire departments of: Abington, Andover, Ashland, Attleboro, Concord, Fitchburg, Harwich, Leominster, Littleton, Marblehead, Natick, Southborough, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Westford, and Wilmington. Boston Globe Metro section columnist Kevin Cullen was the guest speaker. He is known for writing moving columns about the brave acts of unsung heroes and the struggles of ordinary people in greater Boston.
On June 10, 2015, Class #53 of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program graduated having completed 240 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 36 graduates, 33 men and three women, represent the 16 fire departments of: Acushnet Fire & EMS, Berkley Fire & Rescue, Dartmouth District #1, Dartmouth District #3, Freetown, Lakeville, Leicester, Marion, Mattapoisett, Millville, Raynham, Rochester, Swansea, Uxbridge, West Bridgewater, and Westport.
On June 4, 2015, Class #52 of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program graduated having completed 240 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 40 graduates, 38 men and two women, represent the 21 fire departments of: Berlin, Boxford, Essex, Georgetown, Groveland, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lancaster, Lincoln, Lynnfield, Manchester, Merrimac, Middleton, Newbury, North Reading, Rockport, Rowley, Sherborn, Templeton, Tyngsborough and West Newbury.
- The MFA, in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management, is offering the intensive 13 session Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program . It will start in September 2015 and run through January 2016. The deadline to apply for this priority selection course is July 3, 2015. This course is designed to provide the new chief officer with a variety of leadership and management skills essential in municipal management.
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 the spring and fall of 2015. The great offerings include: Decision Making for the Initial Company Officer, Emergency Response to Terrorism – Strategic & Tactical Considerations for Supervisors, The New Fire Chief I: Challenging Issues, Introduction to Unified Command for All Hazard Incidents, ICS and Resources Management for the Fire Service, and Commissioning new Occupancies For course descriptions and registration information, go to the NFA in Mass. webpage.
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.