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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.

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Hydrogen Safety

The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy is pleased to offer a free Hydrogen Safety Training for First Responders in conjunction with Hydrogen Emergency Response Training Resources, Pacific Northwest, and the U.S. Department of Energy. For additional information, contact: Register for this Nov. 9 half-day training.

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #248

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The members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #248 graduated on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 32 graduates, 30 men and two women, represent the 13 fire departments of: Abington, Attleboro, Concord, Dedham, Foxborough, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Marblehead, Norfolk, Norton, Salem and Watertown. The guest speaker was Marblehead Fire Chief Jason R. Gilliland.

Fall 2016 Senior Fire Officer Forum Series

Dr. David Griffin

On November 10, 2016, Dr. David Griffin will present a Senior Fire Officer Forum, In Honor of the Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy based on his book which included research into the June 18, 2007 Charleston, SC fire that killed nine firefighters and how the fire department responded and changed. He draws lessons that will help all organizations change. Course Fee: $20.00. Check or money order made out to "MFA Trust Fund." Please note: Applications must include payment. Walk-ins will not be allowed. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required using the standard MFA application pdf format of Download MFA Registration Form
. Deadline to register is Oct. 27. Check out this exciting list of upcoming presentations pdf format of Senior Fire Officer Forum Series Fall 2016 "Save the...

NFA in Massachusetts- New Fall Line-Up

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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 the fall of 2016. The great offerings include: Decision Making for the Initial Company Officer, Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction, Residential Sprinkler Plan Review, and Building Organizational Support for Community Risk Reduction. For course descriptions and registration information, go to the NFA in Massachusetts webpage.

MFA Training Videos on YouTube™

Have you had a chance to look at the training videos that the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA) has posted a on the DFS YouTube™ Channel ( The first series has 19 training videos on ladders of all heights and maneuvers.

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