JANUARY

January 9, 2015 – MA State CISM Conference
DFS is holding a one-day conference on Critical Incident Stress Management on January 9, 2014, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

January 14, 2015 – Senior Fire Officer Forum: Fighting the Firefighter Obesity Epidemic
Recent studies have revealed that today's firefighters suffer from a much higher level of obesity than the general public that they protect. Franklin Fire Capt. James Haggerty and Saugus Fire Capt. Christopher Rizza will examine how chiefs and company officers can help reverse this deadly trend. 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

January 16, 2015 – Recruit Class #222 Graduation
The graduation ceremony for Recruit Class #222 will take place on January 16, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, MA.

FEBRUARY

February 1-7, 2015 - National Burn Awareness Week
National Burn Awareness Week is February 1-7, 2015. The leading burn problem nationally and in Massachusetts is hot liquid scalds to children under 5.

February 3-5, 2015- FCAM Professional Development Seminar
The Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts’ (FCAM) annual Professional Development Seminar will be held on Tuesday – Thursday, February 3-5, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Boxborough – 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA.

February 6, 2015 – Recruit Class #223 Graduation
The graduation ceremony for Recruit Class #223 will take place on February 6, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, MA.

February 12 2015 – YouTube™ High School Burn Awareness Video Contest Awards 
The winners of the 2013-14 YouTube™ High School Burn Awareness Video Contest will be announced (and shown) at ceremony on February 12, 2015 at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston at 10:00 a.m.

February 27, 2015 Recruit Class #224 Graduation
The graduation ceremony for Recruit Class #224 will take place on February 27, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, MA.

MARCH 

March 8, 2015- Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery
On March 9, 2015, remember when you change your clock to change the batteries in your smoke alarms, unless they have a 10-year lithium battery. It’s also a good time to check your carbon monoxide alarms and replace them if they have reached the end of their lives. Get more information on how to Beat the Beep and replace aging CO alarms.

March 15-21, 2015 - Poison and Inhalant Abuse Prevention Week
March 15-21, 2015 is Poison and Inhalant Abuse Prevention Week. Firefighters respond to all types of poisonings from carbon monoxide poisoning, accidental and intentional overdoses, children accessing medicines and household chemicals and youth who abuse inhalants. Many substances involved in inhalant abuse are also major fire hazards. Nearly 40% of those who die from inhalant abuse were first time users. It is important to talk to middle school aged children about inhalants. For more information, contact www.mass.gov/dph/inhalant (state) or www.inhalants.org (national). If you think someone has been poisoned, call the Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention serving Massachusetts and Rhode Island at 1-800-222-1222 (TTY: 1-888-244-5313).

March 17, 2015 –Senior Fire Officer Forum: Highly Reliable Organization
On March 17, 2015, nationally recognized speaker Gordon Graham will present a 7-hour program (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) on the concept of creating the highly reliable organization. The program will cover how to identify the true cause of tragedies that plague our profession by focusing on the concept that a predictable event is a preventable event. Mr. Graham will provide attendees with a number of ways to achieve the goal of reducing accidents and injuries through an effective program of organizational risk management. The presentation will be held at the Devens Commons Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA. 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

March 20 2015 – Recruit Class #225 Graduation
The graduation ceremony for Recruit Class #225 will take place on March 20, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, MA.