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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 #231

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Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #231 graduated on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 25 graduates, all men, represent the 15 fire departments of: Amesbury, Athol, Bedford, Belmont, Cohasset, Fitchburg, Kingston, Lawrence, Ludlow, Mashpee, Medford, Middleton, Northampton, Wilmington, and Yarmouth. The guest speaker was Fitchburg Fire Chief Kevin Roy.

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #230

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #230

Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #230 graduated on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 23 graduates, 22 men and one woman, represent the 16 fire departments of: Acton, Amherst, Belmont, Bourne, Cambridge, Clinton, Gloucester, Hanson, Haverhill, Hudson, Natick, Norton, Oxford, Saugus, Upton and Westwood. The guest speaker was Clinton Fire Chief McLaughlin.

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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