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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.

Fire and Police Graduate Fire Investigation Course


State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Deputy State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey are pleased to announce that 97 public safety officers have completed the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy's six-day Basic Fire Investigation course. More.

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #218

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Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #218 graduated on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 24 graduates, two women and 22 men, represent the eight fire departments of Cambridge, Marblehead, Melrose, North Andover, Salem, Tewksbury, Wilmington, and Winchester. Kenneth Willette, manager of the National Fire Protection Association‘s (NFPA) Public Fire Protection Division, and a retired Massachusetts fire chief, was the guest speaker.

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.

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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