• Bringing the Nation's Best Educators, to Meet our Best Leaders.
    The Senior Fire Officer Forum (SFOF) series provides Massachusetts chief officers the opportunity to learn directly from national fire service experts without the time and expense of traveling to a national conference. Any Massachusetts fire officer can attend these programs at no cost. The 5-hour forums run from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and include an opportunity to interact with the presenter during lunch. (Lunch is at your own expense). Each year, the forums address the new challenges confronting our leaders. All of these programs are eligible for continuing education hours toward Fire Chief Credentialing. Register using the standard MFA procedures.   
  • 2014-2015 Schedule of Senior Fire Officer Forum Presentations  pdf format of 2014-2015 Schedule of Senior Fire Officer Forum Pres...

  • SFOF: Massachusetts Law and the Fire Service – October 28, 2014  pdf format of SFOF: Massachusetts Law and the Fire Service – Octob...

    On October 28, Atty. Steven Rourke and Atty. Peter Senopoulos of the Department of Fire Services’ Legal Office will present a Senior Fire Officer Forum Presentation Massachusetts Law and Fire Service.  It will provide chief officers and first line supervisors with information related to various aspects of the Massachusetts General Laws including the public records law, enforcement duties, negligence liability and the Tort Claims Act, social media, strong chief/weak chief, mutual aide, and CDL driving requirements. The presentation will take place the University of Mass. Police Headquarters, 585 Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fee is $20 and includes lunch. Pres-registration is required using the standard MFA application.

  • Keeping Our Firefighters From Killing Themselves – December 10, 2014
    Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Deputy Assistant Chief John Norman (retired) will share ways to keep your firefighters from repeating the same deadly mistakes that others have made, so they can avoid the tragedies others have suffered. The class focuses heavily on changes occurring in today’s modern fire environment, including the most current research being conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Underwriters Laboratory (UL) FDNY and others. The chief stresses the changes in tactics needed to successfully deal with today’s modern fire environment to keep our firefighters safe. This Senior Fire Officer Forum presentation will be held December 10, 2014 at the Department of Fire Services – Stow Campus, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fee is $20 and includes lunch. Pres-registration is required using the standard MFA application.

    The Firefighter Obesity Epidemic – January 14, 2015
    Recent studies have revealed that today's firefighters suffer from a much higher level of obesity than the general public that they protect. This program examines how chiefs and company officers can help reverse this deadly trend. This seminar will provide ways in which fire service leaders can promote a healthy culture of fitness and proper nutrition both in the station and at home to reverse this epidemic. Capt. James Haggerty and Capt. Christopher Rizza will present this Senior Fire Officer Forum on January 14, 2015 at the Department of Fire Services – Stow Campus, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fee is $20 and includes lunch. Pres-registration is required using the standard MFA application.

    Highly Reliable Organization – March 17, 2015

    Gordon Graham

    On March 17, 2015, nationally recognized speaker Gordon Graham will present a 7-hour program (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) on the concept of creating the highly reliable organization. The program will cover how to identify the true cause of tragedies that plague our profession by focusing on the concept that a predictable event is a preventable event. Mr. Graham will provide attendees with a number of ways to achieve the goal of reducing accidents and injuries through an effective program of organizational risk management. The presentation will be held at the Department of Fire Services – Stow Campus. Fee is $20 and includes lunch. Pres-registration is required using the standard MFA application.

    Green Buildings, The Fire Service Challenge – May 9, 2015

    Ken Willette
    As new regulations and consumers push homebuilding and commercial construction to utilize green practices whenever possible, the concept of green building standards has as well become increasingly popular. Green buildings are now presenting new and unique challenges to code enforcement and firefighting. Ken Willette, manager of the National Fire Protection Association‘s (NFPA) Public Fire Protection Division, and staff will present this Senior Fire Officer Forum seminar that will explore those challenges and will utilize a case study of a commercial building fire in which green construction features created some unique challenges for firefighters. The presentation will be held at the Department of Fire Services – Stow Campus. Fee is $20 and includes lunch. Pres-registration is required using the standard MFA application.