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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 #239

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #239
Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #239 received certificates of completion from Acting State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Deputy Director Joseph Klucznik on February 5, 2016, the last day of the 45-day program. The 21 graduates, all men, represent the 14 fire departments of: Cohasset, Dighton, Falmouth, Fitchburg; Haverhill, Hopedale, Methuen, North Andover, Stoneham, West Bridgewater, Westminster, Weston, Winchester, and Winthrop.

1st Career Firefighter Recruit Class to Graduate DFS’ New Springfield Campus

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Members of the first Career Recruit Training Class to complete their training at the new Department of Fire Services’ Springfield Campus graduated on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. The ceremony took place at 100 Grochmal Avenue, Springfield, MA. The 16 graduates, 15 men and one woman, represent the seven fire departments of: East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Springfield, West Springfield, and Westfield. The guest speaker was Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.

32 Chief Fire Officers Graduate Management Training Program

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On Monday, January 25, 2016, 32 fire officers graduated from the 22nd offering of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program. The 13-week program was developed in accordance with National Fire Protection Association Standards for chief fire officers, and is delivered jointly by the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. It is a comprehensive course providing training in the non-fire suppression aspects of managing fire departments. The graduates serve these communities: Acton, Agawam, Arlington, Ashland, Attleboro, Boxford, Cambridge, Charlton, Concord, Devens, Eastham, Everett, Groton, Hingham, Holyoke, Kingston, Millis, Northampton, Orleans, Peabody, Randolph, Saugus, Sharon, Taunton, Wareham, Westminster, and Wrentham.

National Fire Academy (NFA) in Massachusetts

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Here's the 2016 line-up of National Fire Academy (NFA) programs here at the Mass. Firefighting Academy: (MFA) Commissioning New Occupancies; New Fire Chief II: Contemporary Issues; Leadership I for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Company Success; Leadership II for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Personal Success; and Decision Making for Initial Company Operations.

February 16, 2016 - Senior Fire Officer Forum: Effective Leadership of a Multi-Generational Fire Service

Donald DeAngelis

This two-part Senior Fire Officer Forum Effective Leadership of a Multi-Generational Fire Service will be presented by Chief Donald DeAngelis, Epping (NH) Fire Department on February 16, 2016. Part I is Leading Multiple Generations in the Workforce and Part II is What's in a Mindset? Course Fee: $20.00. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required using the standard MFA application pdf format of Download MFA Registration Form
. Deadline is Feb. 8.

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