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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.

Green Buildings, The Fire Service Challenge - May 19, 2015

This 5 hour Senior Fire Officer Forum discusses Green Buildings. As the concept of “green building standards” has become increasingly popular as regulations and consumers push home building and commercial construction to utilize green practices whenever possible. Green buildings are now presenting new and unique challenges to code enforcement and firefighting. This seminar will explore those challenges and will utilize a case study of a commercial building fire in which green construction features created some unique challenges for firefighters.

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #226

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #226

Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #226 graduated on Friday, April 10, 2015 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 12 fire departments of Acton, Arlington, Centerville-Osterville-Marston Mills, Concord, Fitchburg, Needham, Norton, Tewksbury, West Springfield, Westford, Westminster, and Woburn. The guest speaker was state Representative Harold Naughton Jr. of Clinton, house chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.

Senior Fire Officer Forum: Highly Reliable Organization – May 26, 2015

Nationally recognized speaker Gordon Graham will present a seven-hour program on the concept of creating the highly reliable organization. The program will cover how to identify the true cause of tragedies that plague our profession by focusing on the concept that a predictable event is preventable event. Mr. Graham will provide attendees with a number of ways to achieve the goal of reducing accidents and injuries through an effective program of organizational risk management.

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 click above for course offerings.  If you have any questions, please call 978-567-3200.

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Telephone/Registration Number(978) 567-3200
Fax Number(978) 567-3229
Certification Number(978) 567-3228
Severe Weather Cancellation Number(978) 567-3248

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