Spring is the traditional time for sprucing up landscaping outside buildings and this spring will be the second one with the new mulch fire safety regulation in effect. Fire chiefs may wish to conduct education efforts through the media and directly with local landscaping companies and business organizations. In the DFS Briefs is a FireFactor on mulch that you may wish to use.
In addition, the May DFS Briefs contains an advisory on Firefighter of the Year, upcoming training opportunities, as well as public safety information.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the May DFS Briefs.
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #228 graduated on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 24 graduates, all men, represent the 15 fire departments of Amherst, Abington, Beverly, Cambridge, Lexington, Ludlow, North Andover, Northampton, Orleans, Somerville, Southbridge, Southborough, Swampscott, Weston, and Woburn. The guest speaker was Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan.
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.
#Resilience – Boston Fire Department Seminar for 1st Responders & Veterans
The Boston Fire Department is co-sponsoring a one-day seminar on resiliency for firefighters, first responders, military veterans and their spouses on Friday, June 19, 2015 at Florian Hall in Dorchester, MA. The seminar will focus on post traumatic stress (PTS), depression, suicide awareness, fostering an indomitable spirit and the life resilience skills to overcome emotional trauma. The presenters will be three experts in the field: Maria Trozzi, M,Ed., James Hatch and Pat Morrison. Read the #resilience seminar flyer for more information.
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director George Kramlinger are pleased to announce the graduation of 40 members of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s six-day Advanced Fire Investigation course on Thursday, May 14, 2015. This rigorous professional training provides fire, and state and local police officers with the advanced skills to accurately determine the origin and cause of fires in their jurisdictions and together, build solid, prosecutable cases. MORE
“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 Coan. “Items such as electrical cords under rugs or pinched behind furniture, overloaded outlets, and laptops and phones charging on beds or sofas can expose you and your family to fire,” he added. READ MORE
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!
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.
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