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
October 9-15, 2016 is Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme is“Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” representing NFPA’s final year of their three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.
Also included in this month’s Briefs are advisories on Nightclub Fire Safety and Fire Prevention Week, several training opportunities, and public safety information.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the October DFS Briefs.
Fall 2016 Senior Fire Officer Forum Series
On November 10, 2016, Dr. David Griffin will present a Senior Fire Officer Forum, In Honor of the Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy based on his book which included research into the June 18, 2007 Charleston, SC fire that killed nine firefighters and how the fire department responded and changed. He draws lessons that will help all organizations change. Course Fee: $20.00. Check or money order made out to "MFA Trust Fund." Please note: Applications must include payment. Walk-ins will not be allowed. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required using the standard MFA application . Deadline to register is Oct. 27. Check out this exciting list of upcoming presentations .
The members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #248 graduated on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 32 graduates, 30 men and two women, represent the 13 fire departments of: Abington, Attleboro, Concord, Dedham, Foxborough, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Marblehead, Norfolk, Norton, Salem and Watertown. The guest speaker was Marblehead Fire Chief Jason R. Gilliland.
- Theme is Don’t Wait! Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years
The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy is pleased to offer a free Hydrogen Safety Training for First Responders in conjunction with Hydrogen Emergency Response Training Resources, Pacific Northwest, and the U.S. Department of Energy. For additional information, contact: Paul.Betti@MassMail.State.ma.us. Register for this Nov. 9 half-day training.
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.
The 22nd annual Massachusetts Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference took place September 26-27, 2016 at the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center. This year’s theme Keeping Everybody Safe Every Day recognizes the need to keep every member of our community safe from fire at every stage of life. Those risks change as we move from kindergarten to grade school and high school, when we head off to college, start families of our own and when we become older adults. Michael Riccardi, author and Station Nightclub survivor, gave an inspiration keynote address.
The 2016 Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year Award was presented on September 27 to Ellen Kennedy, a science teacher at the JFK Middle School in Northampton who incorporates fire science into her lessons. The other nominees recognized for their efforts were: FF Tess Didonato, Auburn Fire Department; Lt. Paul Delaney, Wellesley Fire Department; Capt. David Konieczny, Dudley Fire Department; the Western Massachusetts Safety and Fire Education Association; and the Bridgewater Seniors First Team with members from the Bridgewater Fire Department, Bridgewater State University’s Office of University Community Initiatives, The Home Depot, and the Bridgewater Office of Elder Affairs. Read the full 2016 Pub Ed Conference press release.
For more photos from the conference go to the DFS Facebook page. No Facebook account needed.
State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey is pleased to announce that the S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant applications for Fiscal Year 2017 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 final grant award amounts are likely to change depending on final funding approval and the number of departments that apply for the grants. The applications are due back at the Department of Fire Services no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016.
All Hands Herald
The September issue of the All Hands Herald file size 18MB has been posted online. It contains information for the fire service about DFS programs, training and initiatives. The top stories on are the Maritime Incident Response Team’s Joint Exercise, FirstNet and the Fire Services, “hoverboard” recalls, fall public education resources, from the Plans Review Desk emergency responder radio coverage, and Fire Investigation Unit News.
The Northwestern District Attorney, NoFIRES, and the State Fire Marshal will present a two-day conference Investigating the Youth Firesetter on November 1-2, 2016. For information or to register go to: www.NoFIRESjfis.com .
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.
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.
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.
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.