Photo of the MFA burn building with attending ladder truck and fire equipment.

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.

2012 IFC Fire Protection Systems w/ MA Amendments links to PDF file

On May 14, 2014, the Fire Chiefs’ Association of MA (FCAM) and the Mass. Building Commissioners and Inspectors Association, Inc. will be co-sponsoring a day-long seminar 2012 IFC Fire Protection Systems with MA Amendments at the Department of Fire Services. This seminar is designed to guide participants through the 2012 International Fire Code® (IFC®) requirements for fire protection systems (780 Chapter 9) including suppression systems, standpipe systems, automatic fire alarm systems, automatic detection systems and additional fire protection assemblies. Lunch will be provided by the sponsors. This seminar is approved for 0.6 ICC CEU’s and Fire Chief Credentialing/Fire Prevention Officer credits and CEU’s have been applied for. Register by April 25, 2014 using standard DFS/MFA procedures.

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.

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

Billy Goldfeder

Chief Billy Goldfeder, of 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.

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.

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 during 2014.  Please use the NFA course registration form to register and mail or drop off the form to:  MFA Registration.  There is no cost to attend the program.  If you have any questions, please call 978-567-3200 for more information.

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