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Fire Prevention Officer Training Program The Department of Fire Services is pleased to introduce a multi-level training program for fire prevention officers. The training will prepare them to receive credentials for each level of the training from the State Fire Marshal - Basic, Level I and Level II. The first level - Fire Prevention Officer - Basic has an e-learning component and is the first part of the training to be launched. This program is the introductory level of our new Fire Prevention Officer Credentialing program and is designed to address the need of everyday fire prevention activities across the Commonwealth by providing information on basic inspections, smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarms, liquid propane (LP) installations and oil burner installations. The Credentialing Program will be issued by the State Fire Marshal to any Massachusetts fire service individual. 

Fireworks for Fire Prevention

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The Division of Fire Safety has a new webpage, Fireworks Fire Prevention , for fire prevention officers with information and resources on how to enforce the fireworks laws and regulations and make sure the supervised fireworks displays are safe for both spectators and shooters. DFS stands ready to provide technical, compliance, and enforcement support, 24/7 – especially during the busy 4th of July week. The following numbers may be called for immediate assistance: outside of regular business hours (508) 820-2000 and during normal business days (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), (978) 567-3375.

New On-Line Blasting Detail Training for FDs

The Department of Fire Services is rolling out a new on-line training for fire personnel who will be working blasting details. The on-line training replaces the Division of Fire Safety presentation and includes a testing component. The e-learning course covers the basic knowledge required to work a blasting detail including the transportation, storage and use of explosive materials. The program also covers the fire code regulation (527 CMR 13) relative to air blast, ground vibration, and fly rock. The goal is to make this training available to fire departments whenever they need to have trained personnel quickly ready to supervise this work. Proper enforcement of the regulation protects public safety and the regulated industry.

Comprehensive Model Fire Code

Public Hearing August 7, 2014
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The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) and the Department of Fire Services are working to develop a comprehensive model fire code for Massachusetts. The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) will hold a public hearing on the proposed revisions to the Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code, 527 CMR 1.00 on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Department of Fire Services, State Road, Stow, MA. The purpose of the revised code, 527 CMR 1.00, is to prescribe minimum requirements and controls to safeguard life, property and public welfare from the hazards of fire and explosion created by the storage, handling or use of substances, materials or devices, or from conditions, or materials hazardous to life, property and the public welfare. The proposed base code:  NFPA-1 (2012) and the Massachusetts amendments pdf format of Pub Hear. draft of MA Amends to rvsd Fire Safety Code 2 to the base code are available for review.

Written or oral comments may be submitted at the hearing or may be submitted by mail or e-mail to: Richard Fredette, BFPR Executive Director, Richard.Fredette@massmail.state.ma.us P.O. Box 1025, State Rd, Stow, MA 01775, Tel. 978-567-3713. To be considered by the Board, comments must be received by 4:00 p.m., August 6, 2014.

Code Compliance and Technical Support

Code Compliance officers are responsible for ensuring uniform statewide compliance with the laws and regulations the State Fire Marshal is charged to enforce. The unit can be asked to look into any matter covered by MGL Chapter 148 or 527 CMR. Code Compliance officers have statewide jurisdiction and are designated by the State Fire Marshal to support the regulatory compliance efforts of local fire department officers and to enhance our fire prevention goals.

Technical support staff provides fire protection engineering support, fire code interpretations, and opinions on the application of fire safety laws and regulations, and support to local enforcement agencies. Code compliance officers review plans and issue permits for the operation of aboveground storage tanks. The State Fire Marshal issues advisories to the public and fire professionals.

Please note: Effective July 1, 2009 administration of the Underground Storage Tank Program (UST) has been transferred to the Department of Environmental Protection. (Phone: 617-556-1035 Ext. 2)


Technical support staff are responsible for licensing of people and companies engaged in fireworks, blasting, explosives, special effects, cannon and mortar firing, commercial cooking exhaust system cleaning and inspection, special hazard systems and portable fire extinguishers.

Public Education

All are run by the Public Education Unit of the Office of the State Fire Marshal. They provide technical assistance to local fire departments, health educators, medical and public health professionals, classroom teachers, elder service providers, community and service organizations, and anyone else interested in collaborating on life safety education. Look here for a list of events  and flyers as well as information on the S.A.F.E. program and Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Programs.

Fire Data and Statistics

The Fire Data Unit maintains the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS ) and the Massachusetts Burn Injury Reporting System (M-BIRS ). By analyzing this data, we can see what causes fires and burns, determine if problems are getting better or worse and develop appropriate prevention plans.

Contact Us

Code Compliance and Enforcement Unit(978) 567-3375
Licensing and Permits(978) 567-3700
Western Mass. Office(413) 587-3181
Fire Data / MFIRS(978) 567-3382
S.A.F.E. Program(978) 567-3388
Public Education(978) 567-3380
Fire & Explosion Investigation Section(978) 567-3310
Arson Hotline(800) 682-9229