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
2017 National Arson Awareness Week is May 7 – 13 and this year’s theme is “Arson Prevention at Houses of Worship.”
This month’s Briefs include an advisory on Disguised Doors, several training opportunities, and public safety education materials on Grilling Safety.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the May DFS Briefs.
Get Fired Up About Grilling Fire Safety
State Fire Marshal Offers Safety Tips
“Memorial Day is the traditional launch of the summer barbecue season,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, “Take a few minutes for safety and inspect grills for leaks and cracks, and teach children to stay three feet away from any grill in use.” Read the 2017 Grilling Safety Press Release. Download the Grilling Safety FireFactor a 1-page educational handout.
May Is Electrical Safety Month
“May is Electrical Safety Month. Take a few minutes to look around for electrical hazards in your home and correct them,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Look for overloaded outlets; make sure heat generating appliances are plugged directly into the outlet, not a power strip or extension cord; make sure electrical cords are not underneath rugs or pinched behind furniture, and laptops and phones are charged only on hard surfaces, not on beds or sofas.” he added. Read the full Electrical Safety Month press release.
May 7-13, 2017 is national Arson Awareness Week and this year’s theme is Arson Prevention at Houses of Worship. State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “There are several practical steps we can take to reduce the chance our houses of worship will be victims — improve external security, internal security, and community awareness.” The U.S. Fire Administration has tools and resources for houses of worship to prevent fires of all types, intentional and accidental, on their Arson Awareness Week webpage. Suggestions include holding a House of Worship Fire Safety Day to educate members about possible fire safety hazards and a Clean-Up Day to make the house of worship less attractive to vandals and arsonists.
State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Deputy Director Joseph Klucznik are pleased to announce 24 public safety officials completed the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s six-day Advanced Fire Investigation course on Wednesday, April 30, 2017. They represent these agencies: Boston Fire Department, Boston Police Department, Bridgewater Fire Department, Danvers Fire Department, Dudley Fire Department, Gardner Fire Department, Gardner Police Department, Hudson Fire Department, Hudson Police Department, Marlborough Fire Department, Massachusetts State Police, Methuen Fire Department, Newton Fire Department, Swampscott Fire Department, Watertown Fire Department, Watertown Police Department, Webster Fire Department, Worcester Fire Department, and the Worcester Police Department.
The Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program is an intensive 14 session course, presented in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management. This course is designed to provide administrative and executive fire officers with a variety of leadership and management skills essential in municipal management. The information covered and case histories will be pertinent to Massachusetts municipal government. To learn more about the course and how to apply read the CFO Course Flyer and Application .
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #253 graduated on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The graduates represent the 19 fire departments of: Acton, Beverly, Bourne, Braintree, Easton, Gardner, Lexington, Lynnfield, Medford, Melrose, Methuen, North Andover, Raynham, Saugus, Shrewsbury, Somerville, Stoneham, Waltham, and Yarmouth. The guest speaker was Undersecretary for Homeland Security Patrick McMurray who oversees the Department of Fire Services.
All Hands Herald
The May issue of the All Hands Herald file size 3MB has been posted online. It contains information for the fire service about DFS programs, training and initiatives. The top stories on are new training props, the new Learning Management System coming this summer, fire safety for marijuana grow facilities, new key senior staff appointments, nightclub safety, the high school video contest, and updates on the technical rescue program. In addition, there’s news from the fire investigation unit and about a smoke alarm recall that started here in Massachusetts.
FCAM Technical Rescue Subcommittee Video
Watch this 4-minute video made by the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts’ Technical Rescue Subcommittee. It showcases the vast and diverse technical rescue capabilities in the Commonwealth.
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.