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The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy was brought into existence by Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 842 of the Acts and Resolves of 1971. MFA provides fire training to municipal fire service personnel at no cost to the cities and towns. The policy making body for the Academy is the Massachusetts Fire Training Council , a 15 member body appointed by the Governor. The Council is also the sole agency that can certify all levels of fire service personnel in the Commonwealth. Fire service certification is provided to stimulate professional development in the Massachusetts fire service and to allow members a means to demonstrate their ability to meet professional qualification standards through an objective measure of their professional knowledge, skills, and abilities.

The flagship program offered by MFA is the 9-week Career Firefighter Recruit Training program. The Academy offers over 300 topical continuing education courses and fire officer training. A detailed listing of MFA courses is posted on the web and on-line registration is available. Admission is restricted to members of fire departments in the cities, towns and fire districts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and similar public fire departments in other states.

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #247

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Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #247 graduated on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 29 graduates, all men, represent the 16 fire departments of: Amesbury, Arlington, Chicopee, Fairhaven, Gardner, Gloucester, Haverhill, Lexington, Littleton, Lynnfield, Orange, Seekonk, Sudbury, Walpole, Watertown and Yarmouth. The guest speaker was Yarmouth Fire Chief Philip Simonian.

Fall 2016 Senior Fire Officer Forum Series

The first of the Fall 2016 Senior Fire Officer Forum series will be “Step UpLeadership and Team Building for Senior Fire Officers, by Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso, Kearny Fire Department, New Jersey, on September 12, 2016. It will cover important Leadership Skills such as mentoring, critiquing others, delegating, preventing freelancing, tackling administrative tasks, and dealing with subordinate Issues. Chief Viscuso will also cover important team building strategies, including a discussion on why teams fail, conflict resolution techniques, and how you know when people are ready to take on leadership roles and responsibility. The class includes a list of team building exercises, and real world examples of fire departments that provided exceptional service to their communities. Register by Aug. 29.. Check out this exciting list of upcoming presentations pdf format of Senior Fire Officer Forum Series Fall 2016 "Save the...

NFA in Massachusetts- New Fall Line-Up

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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.

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 ( The first series has 19 training videos on ladders of all heights and maneuvers.

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