SEPTEMBER

September – Campus Fire Safety Month

September 11, 2016 – Observances
There will be observances of the losses suffered in the September 11 attacks throughout the Commonwealth.

September 11, 2016 – Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony
The annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at the site of the memorial, Ashburton Park, State House grounds.

September 12, 2016 - Senior Fire Officer Forum: “Step Up” Leadership and Team Building
Deputy Fire Chief Frank Viscuso, Kearney (NJ) Fire Department will present a Senior Fire Officer Forum “Step Up” Leadership and Team Building on September 12 at the Department of Fire Services in Stow. This seminar will cover important leadership skills and team building strategies for senior officers. 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 Aug. 29.

September 14-15, 2016NFA Course: NFA course Decision Making for Initial Company Operations
MFA is offering the National Fire Academy (NFA) course Decision Making for Initial Company Operations on September 14-15, 2016. The decisions of first arriving officers will have an impact throughout the entire incident. Learn to make good decisions that will have a positive impact on the outcome.

September 16-October 2, 2016 – Fire Safety at the “Big E”
From September 16 – October 2, 2016, the Western Mass. Safety and Fire Educators (Western MA SAFE) will be staffing a booth in the Massachusetts Building at the 17-day agricultural fair know as “The Big E” in West Springfield. The Department of Fire Services will be supporting this effort.

September 21-23, 2016 – 25th annual Hazardous Materials Training Conference
The 25th annual Hazardous Materials Training Conference will take place September 21-23, 2016 at the Hotel 1620 at Plymouth. It is sponsored by the Mass. Assoc. of Hazardous Materials Technicians (MAHMT).

September 26-27, 2016 – 22nd annual MA Fire and Life Safety Education Conference
The 22nd annual MA Fire and Life Safety Education Conference will be held September 26-27, 2016 at the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center. The conference will offer 30 workshops and two general sessions to keep educators moving towards our destination and theme: Keeping Everybody Safe Every Day. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award pdf format of 2016 Educator of the Year Nomination Form
which will be presented at the conference.


September 30 – October 10
The Topsfield Fair, the oldest agricultural fair in the U.S. will begin at 1:00 P.M. on September 30 and run until October 10 at 11:00 P.M. Local departments and DFS staff will be manning a booth during the fair.

OCTOBER

October 3, 2016Recruit Class #248 Graduation
The graduation ceremony for Recruit Class #248 will take place on October 3, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, MA.

October 9-15, 2016Fire Prevention Week
National Fire Prevention Week will be celebrated on the week of October 9-15 in 2016. This year’s theme is Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years. For more information on local events, visit the DFS Fire Prevention Week webpage.

October 17, 2016 - Senior Fire Officer Forum: Top 20 Tactical Considerations from UL & NIST Firefighter Safety Research
The Senior Fire Officer Forum on the Top 20 Tactical Considerations from UL & NIST Firefighter Safety Research will be presented on October 17 by Chief Peter Van Dorpe of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, IL, at the Department of Fire Services in Stow. He will lead a guided discussion on how firefighters may best implement the principles and concepts arising from recent UL & NIST firefighter safety research on the fire ground. 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. 3.

October 31, 2016 – Halloween Fire Safety
State Fire Marshal Ostroskey urges everyone to practice fire safety around Halloween pdf format of Halloween Safety Tips
, a holiday that traditionally involves using candles, and offers safety tips.

NOVEMBER

November 1-2, 2016Investigating the Youth Firesetter Conference
The NW District Attorney, NoFIRES, and the State Fire Marshal will present a two-day conference Investigating the Youth Firesetter on November 1-2, 2016. For information or to register go to: www.NoFIRESjfis.com .

November 6, 2016 – Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery
On November 6, 2016, remember when you change your clock to change the batteries in your smoke alarms, unless they have a long life sealed battery.

November 8, 2016 - Recruit Class #249 Graduation
The graduation ceremony for Recruit Class #249 will take place on November 8, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, MA.

November 9, 2016Call/Volunteer Recruit Class #61 Graduation
The graduation ceremony for the Call/Volunteer Firefighter class #61 will take place in the evening on November 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Department of Fire Services, Stow Campus.

November 10, 2016 - Senior Fire Officer Forum: In Honor of the Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy
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 sfof_1113.pdf
. Deadline to register is Oct. 3.

November 12, 2016 - Call/Volunteer Recruit Class #60 Graduation
The graduation ceremony for the Call/Volunteer Firefighter class #60 will take place in the evening on November 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Department of Fire Services, Springfield Campus.