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.

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #214

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #214

Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #214 graduated on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 22 graduates, 21 men and one woman, represent the 11 fire departments of Beverly, East Longmeadow, Fitchburg, Framingham, Hingham, Lynn, Northborough, Randolph, Tewksbury, Westminster, and Westwood. The guest speaker was Tewksbury Fire Chief Michael Hazel.

National Fire Academy Annual Weekend pdf format of National Fire Academy Annual Weekend

The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services will be hosting the annual weekend in Emmitsburg, MD October 17-19, 2014.  The cost of the program is sixty dollars ($60.00) including meals.  Pre-registration is required with your course selection and the deadline for receiving completed applications is September 5, 2014.  Click the link  above to download the application.

Call/Volunteer Firefighter Recruit Class #48

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On June 19, 2014, Class #48 of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program graduated having completed 320 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 33 graduates, 31 men and two women, represent the 22 fire departments of: Ashburnham, Ayer, Berlin, Harvard, Hopedale, Hudson, Leicester, Littleton, Lunenburg, Millbury, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Pepperell, Shirley, Southborough, Stow, Tyngsborough, Upton, Westford, Westminster and Weston.

Call/Volunteer Firefighter Recruit Class #49

Call/Volunteer Firefighter Recruit Class #49

On June 25, 2014, Class #49 of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program graduated having completed 320 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 32 graduates, all men, represent the 12 fire departments of: Acushnet, Berkley, Dartmouth Dist. #3, Dighton, Fairhaven, Freetown, Lakeville, Mattapoisett, Rehoboth, Swansea, Wareham, and Westport.

Fire Chief Officer Management Training Program

Chief Fire Officer Management Training

The Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program is an intensive 13-week program presented in partnership with the University of Massachusetts, Edward J Collins Jr. Center for Public Management. . It is a comprehensive course providing training in the non-fire suppression aspects of leading and managing fire department organizations. It addresses the objectives in NFPA 1021 for Fire Officer III and IV. Classes are every Thursday starting September 4-December 4, except Thanksgiving. Application deadline: May 30, 2014.

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.  Our current offerings are listed below.  If you have any questions, please call 978-567-3200.

New Fire Chief II Administrative Issues pdf format of New Fire Chief II Administrative Issues

Residential Sprinkler Plan Review pdf format of Residential Sprinkler Plan Review

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