Included in this month’s Briefs is an advisory regarding Mechanical Refrigeration and Compliance with 527 CMR 33.00.
Also included this month are several training opportunities and public safety information.
Please be sure to avail yourself to all of the important information contained in the April DFS Briefs.
On May 14, 2014, the Fire Chiefs’ Association of MA (FCAM) and the Mass. Building Commissioners and Inspectors Association, Inc. will be co-sponsoring a day-long seminar 2012 IFC Fire Protection Systems with MA Amendments at the Department of Fire Services. This seminar is designed to guide participants through the 2012 International Fire Code® (IFC®) requirements for fire protection systems (780 Chapter 9) including suppression systems, standpipe systems, automatic fire alarm systems, automatic detection systems and additional fire protection assemblies. Lunch will be provided by the sponsors. This seminar is approved for 0.6 ICC CEU’s and Fire Chief Credentialing/Fire Prevention Officer credits and CEU’s have been applied for. Register by April 25, 2014 using standard DFS/MFA procedures.
Coan said. “Every spring, wind and weather conditions combine to elevate the hazards of brush fires. Once the snow melts it reveals dried grass, leaves, and fallen branches. Warm winds, low humidity and bright sunshine combine to make them tinder dry. This combustible debris provides the fuel for brush and woods fires.” MORE
Deputy Fire Chief James P. Smith, retired from the Philadelphia Fire Department, will present a Senior Fire Officer Forum on Building Construction and Building Collapse, May 12 at DFS in Stow. This presentation will increase the awareness of the different types of building construction including reviewing strong points and weaknesses relevant to different construction types. It will review collapse indicators, various types of building collapse and case studies. It stresses safe incident scene operations. Various types and methods of construction will be reviewed including lightweight parallel chord truss, wooden “I” beams, steel bar joist and heavy timber truss. Knowledge of the indicators of collapse in different types of construction is becoming increasingly critical for firefighter safety.
Chief Billy Goldfeder, of www.FirefighterCloseCalls.com will be presenting a Senior Fire Officer Forum on Firefighter Death & Injury Survival Program, May 9 at DFS in Stow and May 10 in Springfield. This wake up lecture by Chief Goldfeder is an in-depth program featuring specific, recent fireground events with a strong focus on dwelling fires-that ended with tragic results. He will examine the lessons learned from these fires; why some firefighters did not go home and some did. This is a very personal, high-energy direct and frank presentation on operations and tactics. This seminar will help you understand how and why.
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #210 graduated on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 23 graduates, all men, represent the 15 fire departments of Dennis, Holyoke, Lakeville, Longmeadow, Mansfield, Newton, North Andover, Northampton, Norwell, Stoughton, Tewksbury, Walpole, Wayland, Wilmington and Yarmouth. The keynote speaker was Deputy State Fire Marshal Tom Leonard, retired.
The Propane Industry Responders Conference, originally scheduled for April 2 & 3, 2014, has been rescheduled for June 17-18, 2014. It will still be held at the Department of Fire Services Stow campus. Thank you to the conference sponsors , PERC (Propane Education and Research Council) and PGANE (Propane Gas Association of New England), for accommodating the fire services’ need to grieve this week. The conference is an opportunity for first responders to learn from propane safety experts and will include classroom discussion and field demonstrations on both days.
Comprehensive Model Fire Code – NFPA 1- Public Comment Period
The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) and the Department of Fire Services are working to develop a comprehensive model fire code for Massachusetts. The board recently voted to initiate the promulgation process and eventual adoption of a substantially revised Massachusetts Fire Safety Code (527 CMR). The new code adopts, in large part, the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Model Fire Code (NFPA-1- 2012 Edition), with the retention or creation of certain provisions unique to Massachusetts. The adoption of the new code should result in an improved, more comprehensive fire safety code, using consensus standards recognized throughout the nation. We are now in the public comment period for the draft proposed regulation.
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, Elder Affairs Secretary Ann L. Hartstein, Fire Chiefs’ Association Mass. President George Rogers, State Representative Kate Hogan, State Representative James O’Day and State Senator James Eldridge gathered on March 28, 2014 at the Hudson Senior Center to officially launch the new Senior SAFE Program.
The Senior SAFE program has provided grants to 205 fire departments this year to work with other agencies to provide fire and life safety education to older adults. People over 65 account for 42% of the fire deaths in Massachusetts.
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.
Requiring trained crowd managers at nightclubs and similar establishments is part of the Massachusetts response to the fire at The Station nightclub eleven years ago. Since March 2011, over 21,000 crowd managers have been certified in Massachusetts. A crowd manager must be trained and tested every three years and the first certifications issued in March 2011 are now expiring. A new training program is available and completion is required as part of the recertification process. Trainees can access the materials online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.