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
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October 8-14, 2017 is Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” which reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.
Also included in this month’s Briefs we are reissuing the advisory in regards to fentanyl response, information on upcoming training opportunities, and public education information on Halloween and Crop Maze Safety.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the September DFS Briefs.
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #S05 graduated on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, 100 Grochmal Road, Springfield, MA. The 21 graduates, all men, represent the ten fire departments of Agawam, Amherst, Belchertown, Charlton, Easthampton, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Springfield, West Springfield, and Westfield. The guest speaker was Holyoke Fire Lieutenant Philip Kraus.
Online courses are now available through our new Learning Management System (LMS). This streamlines the process of registering for and taking these classes. They can easily be found by looking at the course catalog under learning activity type or searching in the keyword. At this time the student training history module is not yet ready for release but the course completion for anyone taking one of these Online courses is being automatically added to their training history.
Anyone who has taken a course at DFS since 1999 already has an established online profile, and should have received an email notification. Anyone who has trouble activating their online accounts should call the MFA registration staff at (978) 567-3200 to validate their identity and activate their profiles. We do not want students creating duplicate profiles because they will not be able to see their training history if they do.
All Hands Herald
The September 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. This issue features the state’s Hazardous Materials Emergency Response program which continues to evolve to meet new challenges. Stories about the launch of the new DFS Learning Management System (LMS), Special Operations new drone service, changes coming in the State Building Code, and fall fire prevention information.
David Evans Named Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director
State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey announced that David Evans has been named as the new director of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA), a division of the state Department of Fire Services (DFS). “David will be a great addition to the DFS management team and a leader for the dedicated academy staff,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey, “He comes with a unique skill set that matches the needs of the academy having worked for 30 years in education and over a decade in the fire service.” Read the full press release on the New MFA Director.
FY ’18 S.A.F.E. & Senior SAFE Grant Applications Available
State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey is pleased to announce that the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) and Senior SAFE Program grant applications for Fiscal Year 2018 are now available. They can be found online at www.mass.gov/dfs under the S.A.F.E. Grants and Year End Reports page, along with a listing of the initial eligible amounts by fire department/fire district. The applications are due back at the Department of Fire Services no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017.
Register for the 23rd Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference: Bridging the Gap, Fire Safety for All Ages file size 1MB. This conference will help educators support programs for school children and seniors and to bridge the gap to those in between. Teachers, firefighters, nurses, senior agency professionals, EMT’s, school safety officers, other injury prevention professionals, and police are encouraged to join us.
Nominations for the 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award
Do you know a fire or life safety educator or team who has made a difference and deserves to be recognized? Let us know and why. 2017 Life Fire Safety Nomination Form Nominations are for the 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award are due Aug. 25, 2017. The award recognizes individuals or teams for their commitment to making our world safer from fire and other preventable injuries. We are looking for people who make a difference and who demonstrate leadership, teamwork, creativity, vision, and perseverance
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.