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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.

Call/Volunteer Firefighter Recruit Class #50

Call/Volunteer Firefighter Recruit Class #50

On December 17, 2014, the Class #50 Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training program graduated having completed 320 hours of training on nights and weekends. The 22 graduates, 19 men and 3 women, represent the 11 fire departments of: Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Hadley, Hampden, Rowe, South Hadley, Southampton, Wales, Ware, and Westhampton.

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #221

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Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #221 will graduate on Friday, December 19, 2014 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 eight fire departments of East Longmeadow, Framingham, Holden, Holyoke, Lowell, Newburyport, Peabody, and Tewksbury.

Senior Fire Officer Forum: Fighting the Firefighter Obesity Epidemic

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Recent studies have revealed that today's firefighters suffer from a much higher level of obesity than the general public that they protect. This program examines how chiefs and company officers can help reverse this deadly trend. On January 14, 2014, Franklin Fire Capt. James Haggerty and Saugus Fire Capt. Christopher Rizza will present a Senior Fire Officer Forum Fighting the Firefighter Obesity Epidemic to provide ways in which fire service leaders can promote a healthy culture of fitness and proper nutrition both in the station and at home to reverse this epidemic.

Comprehensive Model Fire Code

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New Fire Code Training for Non-Enforcement Authorities
The new Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code will take effect January 1, 2015. New Fire Code Orientation for Non-Enforcement Authorities pdf format of New Fire Code Orientation for Non-Enforcement Author...
has been scheduled for December 17, 18, 19 and January 5. These 4-hour sessions are intended to prepare industry and the regulated community who will be working with the new code. Students will learn the layout of NFPA 1 and the Massachusetts amendments and how the two documents work together.

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.

33 Graduate 13-Week Chief Fire Officer Program

On Thursday, December 11, 2014, 33 fire officers from the 33 communities of Amherst, Arlington, Auburn, Ayer, Barnstable, Billerica, Bourne, Brockton, Brookline, Cohasset, Duxbury, Easton, Everett, Falmouth, Holden, Lexington, Littleton, Longmeadow, Marblehead, Massport, Natick, Plainville, Randolph, Shrewsbury, Stow, Wakefield, Wayland, West Springfield, Westborough, Westford, Weymouth, Wrentham, and Yarmouth graduated from the 21st offering of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program.

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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