Division of Fire Safety News

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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. 

527 CMR 33.00 – Jan. 1 Next Deadline

The final deadline for the phased-in implementation by category of process and vessel size was January 1, 2014. All first time applications for permits for Category 2 and 3 processes covered by 527 CMR 33.00: Hazardous Material Process or Processing must be submitted by local companies to fire departments. Category 2 and 3 processes involve a vessel containing more than> 2.5 gallons but less than 300 gallons, or have an H occupancy due to a process involving the vessel. The deadlines for permits for Category 4 and 5 processes took place in 2013. Fire departments should review facilities in the community to be sure they are aware of the regulation.

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

Comprehensive Model Fire Code – NFPA 1- Public Comment Period 

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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 recently voted to initiate the promulgation process and eventual adoption of a substantially revised Massachusetts Fire Safety Code (527 CMR). The new code adopts, in large part, the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Model Fire Code (NFPA-1- 2012 Edition), with the retention or creation of certain provisions unique to Massachusetts. The adoption of the new code should result in an improved, more comprehensive fire safety code, using consensus standards recognized throughout the nation. We are now in the public comment period for the draft proposed regulation.

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)

Licensing

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