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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 #232

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Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #232 graduated on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 24 graduates, all men, represent the 15 fire departments of: Ashland, Bedford, Burlington, Devens, Easthampton, Lakeville, Melrose, Middleborough, North Attleboro, Northampton, Plainville, Westborough, Westfield, Weymouth, and Woburn. The guest speaker was Northampton Fire Chief Duane Nichols.

SFOF: Leadership Challenges and Opportunities for the Fire Service – September 29

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The Department of Fire Services’ Massachusetts Firefighting Academy will be presenting a Senior Fire Officer Forum September 29, 2015 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) on Leadership Challenges and Opportunities for the Fire Service. The presenter will be Timothy Sendelbach, editor-in-chief of Firehouse Magazine and Firefighters and fire officers often view the problems they face daily as local or unique when in fact they are faced by firefighters all across the nation. This high impact, high energy program will highlight the challenges firefighters face and share critical insight into the opportunities they bring. This is a no holds barred presentation designed to uphold the mission of the profession while challenging daily routines and decisions that accompany them. Fee is $20 and includes lunch. Pre-registration required using the standard MFA application by September 15. Read the full listing of Senior Fire Officer Forums scheduled for 2015.

National Fire Academy (NFA) in Massachusetts

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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 2015. Please check out the interesting new fall course offerings. If you have any questions, please call 978-567-3200.

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Telephone/Registration Number(978) 567-3200
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