To: Head of Fire Departments
From: Stephen D. Coan, State Fire Marshal
Date: March 19, 2003
Re: Special Effects Certificate of Competency Re-examination

On Thursday March 6, 2003 the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) voted by emergency to amend 527 CMR 2.00. As a result of the actions of the BFPR, all holders of Special Effects Certificate of Competency must submit to re-examination for their license to remain valid. The license holder must take and pass this exam to continue shooting special effects displays in the Commonwealth after May 7, 2003.

All Special Effects license holders are being notified of this new requirement along with scheduled exam dates. They are also being informed that after May 7, 2003, unless the license holder provides the local fire department with a validated license, a permit will not be issued. Current valid licenses may be used until the May 7th deadline. Once the license holder has taken and passed the exam a new license will be issued with a validating mark on it. The new license will have the word "Re-examined" printed on the back of the license. Keep in mind that at this time only Special Effects license holders are required to be re-examined and subsequently be issued a new validated license. Regular outdoor display licenses are not affected at this time, but will fall under new re-examination requirements in September 2003. Additional notifications will be made at a later date regarding the September renewal requirements.

Do not hesitate to call the Code Compliance and Enforcement Unit or Technical Services Unit at
either (978) 567-3375 or in Western Mass. (413) 587-3181 with any questions regarding
this issue.