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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.

The Real World Approach to the Incident Command System links to PDF file

MFA is offering a one-day class on December 11 or December 13 called The Real World Approach to the Incident Command System. This class will focus on the incident command system (ICS) as it applies to the fire service on a day-to-day basis by addressing “real world” concerns of incident management and accountability so that “Everyone Goes Home”. One of the most fundamental requirements of any fire service response is the strong command and control element. Some training programs teach the ICS with Armageddon-like incidents. Armageddon-like incidents are not the norm. “Everyday” incidents are products of the “Real World” ICS.

Managing Fires in 2-1/2 Story Wood Frame Dwellings - Nov. 24 pdf format of Managing Fires in 2.5 Story Wood Frame Dwellings 11/24

DFS in cooperation with the Bristol, Norfolk, and Plymouth County Fire Chiefs present this Fire Officer Tactical Operations training program for the company officer, Managing Fires in 2-1/2 Story Wood Frame Dwellings. It is designed to show the company officer how to complete all the necessary fire ground tasks in a safe and efficient manner and the presenter will be Chief Kenneth Galligan, retired, Brockton Fire Department. It will be held at Stonehill College in Easton on November 24.

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. Course Fee: $20.00. Check or money order made out to "MFA Trust Fund." Please note:  Applications must include payment. Walk-ins will not be allowed.  Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required using the standard MFA application.

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #220

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Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #220 graduated on Friday, November 21, 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 eleven fire departments of Abington, Acushnet, Beverly, Bourne, Braintree, Greenfield, Leominster, Middleton, Stoughton, Waltham and Westborough. Bourne Fire Chief Martin Greene was the guest speaker.

Fire Prevention Officer Level I Training pdf format of Fire Prevention Officer Level I Training

Upon successful completion of this 40 hour blended program participants will be credentialed to the level of Fire Prevention Officer - Level I. This program is based around NFPA 1031: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner, Chapter 4 (Fire Inspector I.) Pre-requisites: currently credentialed as a Fire Prevention Officer - Basic, chief of department sign off.

Comprehensive Model Fire Code

New  Fire Code Training - Revised Schedule
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The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations has adopted a revised Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code (527 CMR 1:00) that will take effect on January 1, 2015. The new code adopts the National Fire Protection Association Standard 1(NFPA 1) with Massachusetts amendments. The Department of Fire Services and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are offering a number of two-day training opportunities - revised schedule pdf format of New Fire Code Orientation.pdf
 intended to prepare fire service personnel for the implementation and use of the revised code document. Code enforcement personnel will learn to navigate the new format. These sessions will not interpret code provisions or delve into specific areas of the code, rather they will introduce the format and highlight use of the code for fire service purposes. Attendees will receive a current copy of the base code and amendments at the class.

National Fire Academy (NFA) in Massachusetts

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 2014 and the spring of 2015.  Please click above for course offerings.  If you have any questions, please call 978-567-3200.

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