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. Below you will find a description of these courses and the special registration procedures to follow. If you have any questions, please call 978-567-3200.
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Decision Making for Initial Company Officer (FO457) – April 16-17, 2015

This course is designed to develop the decision-making skills needed by Company Officers (COs) to accomplish assigned tactics at structure fires. All activities and scenarios used in this course are based on structure fires. As a CO with the real possibility of being the first to arrive at an incident, the CO’s initial decisions will have an impact throughout the entire incident. It is vital that they be able to make good management decisions that have a favorable impact on the eventual outcome. In addition to a possible role as the initial Incident Commander (IC), the CO may well be assigned a subordinate position within the ICS organization. COs need to have a clear understanding of the system, the position they are assigned, and their role in the organization if they are to function effectively and help make the system work.
This course is specifically designed for newly appointed COs, for firefighters who may have acting CO responsibilities or who want to become a CO. This course is an excellent review for experienced Company Officers.

Emergency Response to Terrorism – Strategic & Tactical Considerations for Supervisors (FO549) – April 28-29, 2015 and May 16-17, 2015
This 2-day course is designed for the responder(s) who may be responsible for initial and expanded command of incidents involving terrorism. The course is intended to build upon the students' existing skills as an Incident Commander (IC), a practitioner of ICS, with knowledge of NIMS, the National Response Framework, and terrorism. The class will assist the officer in preparing an effective response to the consequences of terrorism. ICs must be prepared to operate as part of a multiagency, multidiscipline, and multijurisdictional response. The course utilizes lecture supported by case studies and practice scenarios to address the command and control challenges that likely will confront the IC. This will enable the students to apply their knowledge of pre-incident planning, managing emergency incidents, and operating as part of a Unified Command structure to ensure the safety of responders while bringing the incident to a successful conclusion.

The New Fire Chief I: Challenging Issues (FO760) – May 5-6, 2015
This course is designed to develop the managerial, administrative and leadership skills necessary for the first time fire chief and chief officer who desire a leadership position in their department. This course addresses critical knowledge and skills pertaining to the responsibilities of a fire chief including such topics as local politics and the role of the chief officer, liability and risk management, resources and items of knowledge needed to become a first time leader in a new position in their agency.

Introduction to Unified Command for All Hazard Incidents (FO609) – May 27-28, 2015
This 2-day course is designed to provide company officers with a better understanding of multiagency needs and a Unified Command structure. This course will provide the attendees with an understanding of the requirements of a Unified Command organization and provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate effectively in complex incidents.

The primary audiences for the course are fire department company officers, first responders, chief officers and others who would function in a command or general staff position during a multiagency operation. Further specification for the audience includes officers who: have command responsibilities, are upwardly mobile and act in the position of a command officer, would function in a command or general staff position during a Unified Command Operation and are initially responsible for setting up the Incident Command Organization.

ICS and Resources Management for the Fire Service (FO376) – June 2-3, 2015
This is a significantly revised 2-day program providing students with an understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS) and Resource Management for the Fire Service and their application in both emergency and nonemergency situations. This course addresses the need for an ICS, an overview of the structure and flexibility of ICS, and an understanding of the command skills necessary to function effectively in an ICS structure and the need to effectively manage your resources. This course meets the requirements of ICS 100 & ICS 200.

Commissioning New Occupancies (FO215) – September 8-9, 2015
This 2-day course will enable the student to develop strategic approaches to solve the management challenge of getting a building or occupancy commissioned so the code official is confident all the life safety and fire protection systems and features are working together properly and the structure is ready for human use. Course content will include the code official's and owner's legal obligations and liabilities during commissioning, the challenge of commissioning buildings of different sizes and complexity with limited staff, an overview of what systems/features constitute "fire and life safety features," commissioning and testing alternatives, and documentation and recordkeeping.

To register for these courses:
The required application is the FEMA General Admissions Application Short Form (FEMA Form 119-25-2) which can be found at: . The application CANNOT be submitted online.

Please mail or fax your completed application (front page only) to: Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, One State Road, Stow, MA 01775 or (978)567-3229 (needs to include the head of the organization signature) no later than the deadlines indicated for the particular class if noted.

It is required that you register for a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID). This is the number required for section 6 of the application form (no longer using Social Security Numbers) and is obtained through the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). To obtain a SID:
1. Register at
2. Select "Need a FEMA SID?" on the right side of the screen.
3. Follow the instructions to create your account.
4. You will receive an email with your SID. Save this number in a secure location.

Also, note that any correspondence and certificates are sent via email, please include a valid email.