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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 #244

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #244

Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #244 graduated on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The graduates represent the represent the twenty fire departments of: Amesbury, Bedford, Cambridge, Clinton, Concord, Dighton, Franklin, Leominster, Littleton, Lowell, Marlborough, Middleborough, Nantucket, North Andover, Norton, Norwood, Somerville, Wayland, West Bridgewater, and Woburn. The guest speaker was Wayland Fire Chief David Houghton.

Career Recruit Class Moves to 10 Weeks

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State Fire Marshal Ostroskey announced pdf format of Career Recruit Rules & Regulations Policy and Progra...
several changes to MFA policies recently made by the Mass. Fire Training Council, chief among them is that the Career Recruit Firefighter Training course will move to a 10-week course on June 13, 2016 starting with Class #247. The Career Recruit Rules & Regulations can be found on our website under the Fire Chief's Full-time Recruit Application Package .

Chief Fire Officer Program


The Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program is an intensive 13 session course, presented by the Mass. Firefighting Academy in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management. Applications are now being accepted for next fall's course; the deadline is 5/30. This course is designed to provide the new chief officer with a variety of leadership and management skills essential in municipal management. The information covered and case histories will be pertinent to Massachusetts municipal government.

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.

MA Weekend at the NFA July 22-24, 2016
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Massachusetts firefighters are welcome to attend the joint NFA weekend with Rhode Island and South Carolina on July 22 -24, 2016. The RI Chief’s Association is paying $50 for RI firefighters, but MA firefighters will have to pay the full $100. Send all applications to Tina Ahlborg at the RI Fire Academy.

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