• Welcome from the State Fire Marshal

    Stephen D. Coan, State Fire Marshal
    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...
  • April 2014 - DFS Briefs - Monthly Updates from the Department of Fire Services

    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.

  • State Fire Marshal Urges Caution: Prevent Brush and Wildland Fires

    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

  • Career Firefighter Recruit Class #210

    Career Firefighter Recruit Class #210

    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.

  • May 12, 2014 Senior Fire Officer Forum: Building Construction and Building Collapse links to PDF file

    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.

  • State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan Offers Condolences to Boston Fire Department and the Families of FF. Kennedy and Lt. Walsh

    State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and the staff at the Department of Fire Services offer their deepest condolences to the families of Boston Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy and Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and to the men and women of the Boston Fire Department.

    Firefighters constantly train, improve firefighting tactics and the equipment and technology used to minimize the danger of the profession. Firefighting is an inherently dangerous job but we are never prepared for the shock and anguish when the ultimate sacrifice is made. The death or serious injury of family member, friend or colleague is tragic. These firefighters died serving others and protecting their community. Our hearts are heavy with sorrow at this loss.

  • Propane Industry Responders Conference – Rescheduled for June 17-18, 2014 pdf format of 			Propane Industry Responders Conference – Rescheduled...
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    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.

  • State Officials Launch New Senior SAFE Program

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    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.

  • Fire and Police Graduate Advanced Fire Investigation Course

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     State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director Shawn P. Murray are pleased to announce the graduation of 32 members of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s six-day Advanced Fire Investigation course on Thursday, March 21, 2014.  More.

  • 2013-14 YouTube™ High School Burn Awareness Video Contest

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    On March 20, 2014, teams of high school teens and their media teachers received awards on for their creative YouTube™ videos as part of the 6th annual statewide YouTube™ Burn Awareness Video Contest. State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan was joined by contest co-sponsors Michael Sakraida and Benjamin Ward from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Capt. Rick Tustin, president of the Mass. Association of Safety and Fire Educators (MaSAFE). The ceremony was held at Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston. Winning videos can be viewed on the DFS YouTube Channel.
  • Technical Rescue Awareness: Local Team Capabilities links to PDF file

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    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.

  • Senior Fire Officer Forum – Billy Goldfeder - May 9 or 10

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    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.

  • Fire Prevention Officer Level I Class

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    The Fire Prevention Officer Level I class will be offered by the Mass. Firefighting Academy twice this spring:  in Saugus, March 18, April 8 & 10, 2014 and in Fitchburg, March 25, April 29 & May 1, 2014. The blended program includes 24 hours of classroom and approximately 18 hours of on line training. Upon successful completion of this 40-hour blended program, participants will be credentialed to the level of Fire Prevention Officer – Level I. The pre-requisites are you must be currently credentialed as Fire Prevention Officer – Basic and the chief of department must sign-off.

  • More than 21,000 Trained Crowd Managers: Legacy of Station Nightclub Fire

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    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.

  • Comprehensive Model Fire Code

    Comprehensive Model Fire Code – NFPA 1- Public Comment Period 

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    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.

  • New On-Line Blasting Detail Training for FDs

    The Department of Fire Services is rolling out a new on-line training for fire personnel who will be working blasting details. The on-line training replaces the Division of Fire Safety presentation and includes a testing component. The e-learning course covers the basic knowledge required to work a blasting detail including the transportation, storage and use of explosive materials. The program also covers the fire code regulation (527 CMR 13) relative to air blast, ground vibration, and fly rock. The goal is to make this training available to fire departments whenever they need to have trained personnel quickly ready to supervise this work. Proper enforcement of the regulation protects public safety and the regulated industry.

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